Did negligent security contribute to this shopping plaza shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire erupted outside a Leesburg, Florida shopping plaza on Monday morning, March 25, 2019, leaving one man injured. According to OrlandoSentinel.com, “police were called to the Southside Plaza on South 14th Street about 9:30 a.m. Monday.” The news story reports the victim “had just parked his car in the parking lot when a man approached him armed with a handgun and demanded the victim’s car keys. When the victim refused, the suspect shot him at least once in the leg before fleeing the area on foot.” A suspect was arrested according to the media outlet.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Shopping plaza 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 any reports of suspicious activity prior to the attempted carjacking?
- What security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim 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, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his 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 the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and their families and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for out Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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