Could the shooting at an Aurora strip mall have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Two men were shot at an Aurora, CO strip mall Friday evening, May 13, 2022.
As reported by 9News.com, “officers responded to the [strip mall] at 15270 East 6th Avenue after dispatchers received calls about a shooting there.”
KDVR.com is reporting, “when officers arrived at the parking lot, they discovered two male victims who were declared dead at the scene.”
According to 9News.com, “[t]he victims were later identified as 19-year-old Isaac Lamar Smith Jr. and 20-year-old Va-Jon Donovan Lewis.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Strip mall and parking lot 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 families of Isaac Lamar Smith Jr. and Va-Jon Donovan Lewis 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 victims families retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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