Did negligent security contribute to this tragic shopping center shooting death and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted outside a Baltimore, Maryland shopping center on Thursday evening, July 11, 2019, leaving one teen boy dead and two women injured. According to Baltimore.CBSlocal.com, “[p]olice were called to the…5600 block of The Alameda around 6:56 p.m. for a reported shooting.” As reported by BaltimoreSun.com, when arriving at the Alameda Marketplace, “[o]fficers found a 16-year-old boy who had been shot in the torso and two women who had been shot in the ear and leg.” Per the media reports, the victims were taken to an area hospital, but the young man was tragically unable to recover from his injuries. The other victims are expected to survive.
No suspects have been identified.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Shopping center patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the shopping center 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 there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Did the shopping center have any reports of suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras and visible security patrols, 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 guests and visitors, the deceased victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any other 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 deceased victim’s family and any other injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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