Could the shooting at a Colorado Springs mall 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.
One girl was shot at a Colorado Springs, CO mall Sunday evening, May 22, 2022.
As reported by KRDO.com, “[t]he Colorado Springs Police Department was on scene at the Citadel Mall after a shooting that injured two people Sunday evening. CSPD says the call came in around 6:15 p.m. on a report of a shooting in the food court area.”
According to the report, “the altercation happened between a group of teenagers who started shooting at each other outside of the mall.”
KRDO.com is reporting, “[a] 12-year-old girl was shot in the chest during the incident, police believe she was an innocent bystander and was not connected to the shooter in any way. Police report the girl is in stable condition.”
Per the report, “[a] boy under the age of 18 was also shot in the arm and chest, police believe he was the intended victim. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. According to CSPD, the victim also had an unrelated attempted homicide warrant at the time of the shooting.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Mall 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 may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her 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 her interests.
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