Could the shooting at a Winston-Salem shopping center parking lot 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 man was injured in a shooting at a Winston-Salem, North Carolina shopping center parking lot Monday evening, October 4, 2021.
As reported by MyFox8.com, “[a]t 6:56 p.m., officers were called to [the shopping center] at 1477 New Walkertown Road.”
WXII12.com is reporting, “[u]pon their arrival they located 38-year-old Omar Andre McFarlane suffering from several gunshot wounds.”
According to the report, “McFarlane was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by two Black men wearing all-black clothing and masks…it appears that the men had been trying to rob McFarlane. He fought the suspects and one of the men then shot him several times.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 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, Omar Andre McFarlane 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 Omar Andre McFarlane retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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