Could the shooting at a Chicago shopping center parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One woman was shot at a Chicago, IL shopping center parking lot Wednesday morning, April 27, 2022.
As reported by WGNtv.com, “[a] 47-year-old woman was shot and killed in the parking lot of a…store at the Brickyard Mall on the city’s Northwest Side.” Per the report, “[t]he shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.” According to the report, “the woman was outside the store when an unknown offender approached her and began to fire shots in her direction.”
ABC7Chicago.com is reporting, “[o]fficers arrived to find the woman lying on the ground next to her white Jeep. The passenger door was open, and she had been shot multiple times. The woman was transported to Loyola University Medical Center in serious condition, where she later died.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Shopping center 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 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 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’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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