Could the shooting at a Hurst mall parking garage have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A man was shot at a Hurst, Texas mall parking garage Sunday afternoon, January 2, 2020.
As reported by Star-Telegram.com, “[a]t about 1:45 p.m., Hurst officers responded to a call at the North East Mall for a reported shooting in the second level of one of the parking garages.”
NBCdfw.com is reporting, “[a] 35-year-old man was shot “multiple times” and was transported to a hospital…[a]nother person was injured by what may have been shrapnel from a bullet and was treated by medics”
According to the media reports, “[p]olice arrested a suspect, who they believe was approaching people on foot to rob them at the garage.”
Our Legal Take
Mall parking garage patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the parking garage is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this robbery 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?
- Was the parking garage aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious persons on property prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others 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 parking garage owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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