Could the shooting at an East Point shopping center parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at an East Point, GA shopping center parking lot off of Camp Creek Parkway Saturday night, July 29, 2020, leaving a young girl injured.
As reported by 11Alive.com, “a [young] girl has been hospitalized after a shooting near Camp Creek Marketplace on Saturday afternoon.”
According to the report, “officers responded to the Lowes parking lot at the shopping center around 8 p.m. where they had received a complaint of a large crowd gathering in the area.”
WJCL.com is reporting, “[t]he shooting happened over the weekend near a movie theater in south Fulton County…[w]hen the theater turned away a large crowd of teens not accompanied by an adult, the chaos started and the [young girl] was shot.
According to the report, “[the young girl] was shot in the back behind a Longhorn Steakhouse in the busy shopping center Saturday around 8 p.m.”
The investigation is ongoing, the suspect has not been identified yet.
Our Legal Take
Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the shopping center is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Did the shopping center have adequate security in place at the time of the shooting?
- What security measures, such as visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious people or activity on the property prior to the shooting?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect her interests.
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