Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at an Olympia grocery store parking lot and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One man lost his life after a shooting at an Olympia grocery store parking lot Saturday night, Sept 17, 2022.
As reported by TheOlympian.com, “[t]he shooting took place at [a grocery parking lot] at 7540 Martin Way E. near Lacey.”
Q13Fox.com is reporting, “[a] man called 911 around 10:15 p.m. to report that he left [a grocery store] and returned to his car, only to find his brother dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies were previously called to the area around 9:45 p.m. for reports of shots fired, but they were unable to find the source of the complaint. They did notice a man walking in that area at the time, and once the victim’s brother called 911, they put out an alert to locate the man they saw walking in the area.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Shopping center and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. 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:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the property aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
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 residents and visitors, the family of Ronald Taufa’ase’e 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 the family of Ronald Taufa’ase’e retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:
- A $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.
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