Could the shooting death at the Augusta Mall have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A man was killed and a bystander was injured in a shooting at an Augusta, Georgia mall Saturday afternoon, October 3, 2020.
As reported by WRDW.com, “The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says one person was killed and one was injured after a shooting at [a local] Mall.”
According to the report, “it started when two males got into an altercation inside the mall. One of the men pulled out a gun, and a struggle ensued. During that struggle, one of the males was shot multiple times. A female bystander was also shot once in the leg.”
WJBF.com is reporting, “the male victim, 26-year-old Derell Little was taken to Doctors Hospital by EMS. He died just before 6:00 p.m.”
Per the report, “20-year-old Aubrey Adams, a bystander, was also hit by one of the rounds. Her injuries are not life threatening.”
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Mall patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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 mall 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 victim at the time of 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, Derell Little’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Aubrey Adams 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 Derell Little’s family and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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