Could the shooting deaths and injuries at a Richmond shopping center parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Richmond, Virginia shopping center parking lot early Saturday morning, March 13, 2021, leaving two men dead and multiple others injured.
As reported by WRIC.com, “[t]he shooting occurred in a parking lot located at the 5100 block of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike just after 3 a.m.”
According to the report, “[t]he shooting left two people dead and four other victims injured.”
WTVR.com is reporting, “34-year-old Sadao Richardson and 32-year-old Markus Floyd, died from their injuries…Additional victims are being treated at area hospitals with critical injuries.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
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, the families of Sadao Richardson and Markus Floyd may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 families of Sadao Richardson and Markus Floyd and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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