Could the shooting death at an Atlanta 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.
A man was killed in a shooting at an Atlanta, Georgia mall Sunday evening, March 8, 2020.
As reported by WSBtv.com, “a man was shot and killed at [an Atlanta mall] on Sunday night…[t]he shooting happened in the parking lot outside [a mall restaruant] around 6 p.m.”
According to the report, “two groups of people were in two different vehicles in the parking lot and got into an argument over a parking space. Both groups went inside the mall, but they started arguing again later when they came back outside…someone pulled a gun and shot the victim.”
CBS46.com is reporting, “Atlanta Police identified the victim as 31 year-old Thuan Nguyen from Antioch, Tennessee.”
According to the report, “[t]here have been a total of four shootings at the mall in the last four months.”
Four suspects are wanted but no arrests have been made.
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, Thuan Nguyen’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 Thuan Nguyen’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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