Could the shooting at a Federal Way theme park parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Federal Way, Washington theme park parking lot Friday night, October 4, 2019, leaving one teen injured.
As reported by King5.com, the shooting happened “in the parking lot of Wild Waves Theme & Water Park in Federal Way Friday night.”
According to the report, “[t]he victim was treated by medics at the scene before taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries…he was in stable condition Saturday morning.”
TheNewsTribune.com is reporting, “[t]he 17-year-old victim was shot just before 11 p.m. after he was reportedly involved in an altercation with a group of people.”
At the time of the shooting, the park was in its second week of Wild Waves Halloween Fright Fest, according to media reports.
The investigation is ongoing, no suspects have been identified.
Our Legal Take
Theme park and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the theme park 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 theme park 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 victim 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 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 victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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