Parking Lot Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Teens Shot Outside Houston Restaurant
Two teens were reportedly shot and injured outside Taqueria Arandas in Houston Tuesday night, March 22, 2016.
According to Click2Houston, two teenagers were “sitting in a pickup truck at Taqueria Arandas,” inside the Plaza of the Americas shopping center at Gufton Street and Chimney Rock Road, around 9:00pm. A gunman apparently approached the vehicle and opened fire, striking one teen “seven times” and the other once. Both were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
Restaurant and parking lot patrons have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to patrons of the shopping center parking lot and whether this unconscionable attack may have been prevented.
- What parking lot security measures, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the parking lot or restaurant owners to deter crime?
Generally, restaurant and parking lot owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that either failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the young victims and their families may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for their injuries.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling property security negligence claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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