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PBG gas station being sued by family of bystander shot by robber

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The family of a 36-year-old woman is in the process of initiating a lawsuit against a Palm Beach Gardens gas station after their daughter was shot during a robbery.

The incident occurred on September 11th, 2020 just before 11 p.m. at the Chevron on Alternate A1A.

According to the report, an armed robbery was taking place at the gas station when Jacqueline Barthelemy pulled into the gas station and was shot and killed.

The family’s attorney Michael Haggard, says the gas station is liable for Barthelemy’s death because they did not provide adequate security for their establishment, which could have prevented the robbery and Barthelemy’s death.

According to the lawsuit, the gas station had several ads on the door and windows which prevents employees from seeing anything that is going on outside of the store:

“You walk into a gasoline station and there’s all these ads — you know, Budweiser, you know, cigarettes, you know, Powerball, and that’s very dangerous,” Haggard said. “Because what it does is that if there’s a suspicious person out in the gas pump area, walking back and forth from unobstructed views, the clerk can’t see that person.”

Haggard also stated that gas stations are the number one targeted establishment for robberies so they should be responsible for surveying their property:

“If gasoline station owners do the reasonable steps, they assess their crime, they survey their property, they don’t have advertisements in their window, they have working surveillance cameras that they can see right then and there, their blind spots outside, they can see that, then they won’t be held responsible, because that’s all the reasonable steps you can do,” Haggard said.

The Haggard Law Firm plans to hold a press conference about the lawsuit on Wednesday.