Could the shooting at a Cleveland shopping plaza 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 person was injured in a shooting at a Cleveland, Ohio shopping plaza Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2020.
As reported by Cleveland.com, “[t]he shooting happened about 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lee-Harvard shopping plaza on Lee Road and Harvard Avenue.”
According to the report, “[a] masked man shot a 32-year-old man as he walked out of…the Keratin Barber College. The gunman fired at least nine shots, hitting the man once in the left leg, and ran away.”
The victim was taken to Marymount Hospital.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Shopping plaza 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 plaza 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 his 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 his interests.
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