Clerk Fires Gun to Ward Off Robbers
On August 29, two masked suspects attempted to rob a corner store located at 400 Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas. The clerk working at the time fired a gun at both robbers in order to protect himself and his workplace. The suspects had their own weapons. In total, about six shots were exchanged. Though no one was hurt during the event, it has raised questions about who would be found liable if someone had been.
What If the Clerk Was Hurt?
Of course, if the suspects had succeeded in robbing the store and injuring the clerk, they would face criminal penalties for both. And the clerk could file a civil claim against them to get compensation for his injuries.
What If the Robbers Were Hurt?
Under Nevada’s gun and self-defense laws, it is not illegal for anyone to openly carry a weapon; that includes those who are working. It’s also not illegal to shoot and kill another person if the person doing so believes that person intended to cause imminent harm. It must be proven to a jury that the person who was shot caused “reasonable fear,” and that the shooting was necessary to prevent the threat.
If these things could be proven in the case, the likelihood is that the shooter would not be found liable if he had, in fact, injured the suspects.
What If Customers Were Hurt?
The clerk could be held liable if he injured other customers in the store at the time. In fact, the customers may also be able to file a claim against the store, as there was no security on duty. It’s the store’s responsibility to keep customers as safe as possible, and it looks like they were negligent in doing so.
Everyone in Nevada has the right to keep themselves safe, but gun owners must be held accountable; and store owners always have a responsibility to keep their patrons safe.
If you’ve been hurt at work, or at the hands of someone else, contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (702) 380-8000 today. We have experience with personal injury cases just like these, and we want to help with yours, too.