Fatal gas station shooting provokes court action

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

A mother is suing a gas station, alleging negligence in a shooting that killed her daughter.

Myree Tate, as special administrator of Lakeisha Tate’s estate, filed a lawsuit July 30 in Cook County Circuit Court against Harrison and Homan Citgo Inc. of Chicago, alleging wrongful death in the 2013 incident.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 27, 2013, Lakeisha Tate was a customer of the defendant at 3357 W. Harrison St., Chicago, a business that had been the site of “many serious, violent crimes committed on and near its premises” and allegedly knew of the danger posed to the customer. The lawsuit states Lakeisha was shot multiple times and died.

Myree Tate says the defendant was negligent for failing to have security measures in place to prevent crime and warn the plaintiff of danger, and failed to intervene when bodily harm was imminent.

The suit says as direct and proximate result of her critical injuries and death, Lakeisha Tate’s estate incurred medical, hospital and funeral expenses, and her next of kin sustained pecuniary loss as well as loss of companionship.

Myree Tate seeks more than $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney George Brugess of the Law Offices of George Brugess in Palos Heights.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007758.

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