Justice Available? Update: Kevin Downer Identified as Victim Killed in Stonecrest Mall Shooting.

 Update: Kevin Downer Identified as Victim Killed in Stonecrest Mall Shooting.

Update: Kevin Downer Identified as Victim Killed in Stonecrest Mall Shooting. (WSBtv.com)

Could the shooting death at a Lithonia mall have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

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Update: According to WSBtv.com, “[p]olice said Kevin Downer was killed at Stonecrest Mall in DeKalb County on September 29.”

Gunfire rang out at a Lithonia, Georgia mall Sunday night, September 29, 2019, leaving one man dead.

As reported by 11Alive.com, “[t]he shooting happened Sunday around 11 p.m. at The Mall at Stonecrest off Turner Hill Road.”

According to the report, “[t]he incident started in the courtyard area inside the mall and then spilled into the parking lot outside of Round 1.”

WSBtv.com is reporting, “officers arrived and found one man shot, who was taken to the hospital, where he died.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Our Legal Take

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Mall and 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 mall 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 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, Kevin Downer’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.

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 Kevin Downer’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.

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