Could the shooting at a Gahanna shopping center have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Gahanna, OH shopping center Friday night, February 27, 2021, leaving one man dead and a woman injured.
As reported by 10tv.com, “officers were called to the 300 block of Stoneridge Lane around 11:15 p.m…the shooting happened in the parking lot outside the [shopping center].”
According to the report, “[w]hen officers arrived, the victims were found with gunshot wounds. They were both taken to the hospital…Investigators say the victims were approached while sitting in a vehicle.”
NBC4i.com is reporting, “[t]he man, later pronounced dead at the hospital, is identified as 22-year old Tyrone Brown. The woman, who was injured, is identified as 24-year old Cheyenne Merriman.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 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 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 Tyrone Brown may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim 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 Tyrone Brown and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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