Could the shooting at a Lumberton shopping center have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Two teens were injured in a shooting at a Lumberton, NC shopping center parking lot Saturday night, October 17, 2020.
As reported by FayObserver.com, “[t]he shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday. Officers were responding to reports of shots fired [in a shopping center on] Fayetteville Road when they received information that a person had been shot in that area”
According to the report, “[o]fficers learned that a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old had been shot in the front parking lot of the shopping center near Pleasant Pizza and H&R Block.”
WBTW.com is reporting, “[i]nvestigators…discovered a group of teens had started a fight in the parking lot. Several shots were fired during the fight.”
The teens were taken to a hospital before police arrived.
The investigation is ongoing, one teen has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Our Legal Take
Shopping center 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 victims 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 victims 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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