Did negligent security contribute to this tragic loss of life and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Jefferson’s family?
Gunfire erupted outside a Lawrence, Indiana shopping center on Friday evening, March 1, 2019, leaving one young adult dead and one injured. According to IndyStar.com, “officers responded to a report of shots fired at [a shopping] Plaza in the 8100 block of Pendleton Pike around 6:30 p.m.” When officers did arrive at the location, they “found the victim, 18-year-old Conway Jefferson…fatally shot,” reports CBS4Indy.com. The news story also reports, “[a]nother person was shot in the arm during the incident and walked into Community Hospital North.”
No arrests have been made according to media outlets.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the shopping center and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Did the shopping center have sufficient parking lot lighting at the time of the incident?
- What security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Jefferson and others at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Conway Jefferson’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, any surviving victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Mr. Jefferson’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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