Could the shooting at an Independence mall have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and the other injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A young woman was killed and two other people were injured in a shooting at an Independence, MO mall Friday afternoon, Nov 10, 2023.
As reported by KansasCity.com, “[multiple] people were injured, one critically, and three people were taken into police custody after a shooting Friday afternoon at [a local mall]. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. in a common area of the mall, near the north entryway.”
KCTV.com is reporting, “[a] pregnant woman who was shot and critically injured while inside [the mall]…died from those injuries.”
According to the report, “Karla Brown’s family said the 19-year-old passed away nearly a week after the shooting. The family said they made the decision to donate her organs so that she can live on through others. The shooting Friday afternoon injured two other people.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Is Justice Available? 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?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
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 family of Karla Brown may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 family of Karla Brown and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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