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LOS ANGELES: Joe Anthony Ruiz Killed In Shooting at Marijuana Dispensary In Florence By South Broadway and 81st Street


Aug 31, 2019

Joe Ruiz Los Angeles: Joe Anthony Ruiz Killed In Shooting at Marijuana Dispensary In Florence By South Broadway and 81st Street

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (August 31, 2019) – An employee at a marijuana dispensary identified as Joe Anthony Ruiz has tragically died after being shot early Thursday. 

Los Angeles police are saying that the shooting took place around 1:00 a.m. near the intersection of South Broadway and West 81st Street. For reasons that remain under investigation, a gunman opened fire and hit Joe Anthony Ruiz.

Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures Joe Anthony Ruiz died due to his injuries. 

Authorities are saying that the marijuana dispensary was unlicensed. Two suspects are being sought at this time. 

Liability In Business Shootings

All companies have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. According to California Civil Code 1714, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” This includes taking steps to prevent assaults and shootings. Here are just a few of the safety measures that can be used to reduce crimes:

  • Security cameras
  • Armed guards
  • Proper lighting

Depending on the location and nature of a business it may need more or less security. Businesses in high crime areas will generally need higher levels of security. In most circumstances, workers are barred by statute from bringing claims directly against their employer if they are injured in an accident or assault while at work. However, if a business in California failed to purchase worker’s compensation insurance an injured employee may have recourse through a civil claim. 

The family of any victim that died in a assault or shooting at a business may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Business Shooting

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joe Anthony Ruiz. Any person that may have information about the suspects should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent more incidents like this. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a shooting at a marijuana dispensary you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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