A Jacksonville Florida shooting killed Kiersten Ross outside of the Family Food Store shortly after 6:00 p.m. His mother, Pamela Ross, had last seen Kiersten riding his bike and playing with his toddler brother. Kiersten went to the Family Food Store to get a snack of donuts. As he was walking out of the store, he was shot by a drive by shooter. It is uncertain if Kiersten was the target. Investigation is under way to try to identify and locate the shooters.
The death of Kiersten, who was just 17 years old, is a tragedy for the family and the community. Kiersten was just at the store to buy donuts in the early evening hours.
Hopefully, the shooter and accomplices are located and prosecuted. You can read more about this tragic incident at From Bike to Bullet – Drive By Shooting at Jacksonville Florida Convenience Store.
Is there a civil case to pursue? Maybe, it depends on the facts of the case. Florida does not require armed guards outside of every convenience store; however, there is a line of negligent security cases that hold a property owner liable if there is a history of crime in the area and the property owner fails to implement reasonable and necessary security measures. Each case is judged on its own facts. The negligent security cases are detail oriented cases that require a statistical crime analysis of the area over a period of time, a detailed analysis of the facts, and thorough legal research to make sure that the law supports the facts and details obtained through the investigation.
If you have any questions about an assault, battery, shooting, injury, or death that took place at a convenience store or other business, you should consult with an Florida injury attorney to review the facts and your respective rights.