Justice for Family? Katie Elizabeth Eckerd Killed in Charlotte, NC Shopping Center Shooting.

Katie Elizabeth Eckerd Killed in Charlotte, NC Shopping Center Shooting.

Katie Elizabeth Eckerd Killed in Charlotte, NC Shopping Center Shooting. (WSOCtv.com)

Could the shooting death at a Charlotte 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.

Local News

Gunfire rang out at a Charlotte, NC shopping center parking lot Tuesday evening, July 21, 2020, leaving one woman dead.

As reported by WCNC.com, “the incident happened in the 2800 block of W. Sugar Creek Road…[p]olice responded to the parking lot of a shopping center shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday after reports of an armed robbery.”

According to the report, “[w]hen they arrived, they found a female victim with a gunshot wound in a parked vehicle. The victim, 27-year-old Katie Elizabeth Eckerd, was taken to the hospital” but was, sadly, unable to survive her injuries.

WSOCtv.com is reporting, “[three suspects] have been charged with murder, three counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Our Legal Take

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Shopping center 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? 
  • Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious people or activity on the property prior to the shooting?
  • What security measures, such as bright lighting, 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, Katie Elizabeth Eckerd’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 Katie Elizabeth Eckerd’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.

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