Could the shooting at a Columbus strip 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.
Gunfire rang out at a Columbus, GA strip mall early Wednesday morning, April 6, 2022, leaving one man dead.
As reported by ChattVoice.com, “[p]olice responded to a small shopping center in the 5700 block of Milgen Road early Wednesday morning at 2:34 a.m. in reference to a shooting.
According to the report, “[w]hen police arrived they discovered 43-year-old Rickett Carter suffering from gunshot wounds.”
Ledger-Enquire.com is reporting, “Rickett Carter of Columbus was pronounced dead in Piedmont Columbus Regional’s midtown hospital at 3:24 a.m. by the attending physician.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Strip 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 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 strip 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 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 Rickett Carter 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 the families of Rickett Carter retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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