Did a security failure contribute to the tragic loss of Freddie Jean-Charles and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Jean-Charles’ family?
Gunfire rang out in Hollywood, Florida early Sunday morning, March 3, 2019, leaving one man shot and killed and another child injured.
According to WSVN.com, “[p]olice are searching for the person responsible for opening fire in the parking lot of [an entertainment complex] in Hollywood, killing a man and sending a child to the hospital.” “The shooting happened just after midnight in the Oakwood Plaza shopping center in the 3000 block of Oakwood Boulevard,” reports Local10.com. The news outlet reports “Freddie Jean-Charles, 31, of Hialeah, died after suffering a gunshot wound…a child was also hurt in the shooting.” That child was treated and later released from the hospital, according to the news story.
The investigation is ongoing according to the media outlets.
Our Legal Take
Entertainment complex patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Was the suspect seen on the property before the incident?
- What security measures, such as bright parking lot lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Jean-Charles and others 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 owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Freddie Jean-Charles may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, any surviving victims may also pursue legal claims for their 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 Mr. Freddie Jean-Charles family and any surviving victims 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 of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our 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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