Could the shooting at a Harper Woods mall have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One man was injured in a shooting at a Harper Woods, MI mall Wednesday evening, October 21, 2020.
As reported by WXYZ.com, “A 40-year-old man was injured Wednesday in a shooting in the Eastland mall parking lot…[t]he shooting happened around 6:14 p.m.”
According to the report, “[t]he victim was found in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Another shooting happened at this location weeks earlier. ABC57.com is reporting, “On Oct. 8, a man’s body was found in the mall’s parking lot and an 18-year-old man was discovered wounded in a car that crashed in a nearby field.”
Our Legal Take
Strip 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 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 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, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his 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 the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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