Could the shooting at a Columbus shopping center have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and other victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Columbus, GA shopping center Thursday evening, February 11, 2021, leaving one man dead and others injured.
As reported by ledger-enquirer.com, “[o]fficers were called around 7 p.m. to 2001 S. Lumpkin Road, a shopping plaza across the street from Eddy Middle School and the South Columbus Public Library.”
Per the report, “Derico Pritchard, 37, was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:20 p.m….[t]hree to four others were wounded in the gunfire and taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 families of Derico Pritchard may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their 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 families of Derico Pritchard and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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