Could the shooting at a Rosedale shopping center parking lot 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.
Five young children and teens were injured and one teen was killed in a shooting at a Rosedale, Maryland shopping center parking lot early Sunday morning, March 8, 2020.
As reported by NottinghamMD.com, “[a]t just after midnight on Sunday, officers responded to a disturbance on the parking lot of [a] Shopping Center, located in the 6200-block of Kenwood Avenue, when multiple shooting victims approached them for help.”
According to the report, “[f]ive shooting victims were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and [one victim] was pronounced dead at the scene.”
FoxBaltimore.com is reporting, “[a]ccording to police, the victims had attended an event at [a local business] prior to the shooting.”
Per the report, “[t]he 13-year-old who succumbed to his injuries was identified as Rickie Forehand of west Baltimore.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Shopping center 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 shopping center 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 victims 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 family of Rickie Forehand 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 Rickie Forehand and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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