Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 2 Shot at Western Hills Mall, Fairfield
Five people were reportedly injured during a shooting at the Western Hills Mall in Fairfield Friday night, February 19, 2016.
According to News 7, two people were shot “in the Western Hills Mall” while three others were injured during the chaos. Police apparently believe one of the two shooting victims was “directly targeted, while the other was an innocent bystander.”
Police are still searching for a gunman and motive, presumably leaving patrons concerned for their safety. Media reports indicate another shooting apparently occurred at the mall in April 2014.
Our Legal Take
Shopping mall patrons have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. Given the reported history of gun violence on property, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to mall patrons and whether this unconscionable attack may have been prevented.
- What mall security measures, such as weapons screenings, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons and deter crime? How did any such precautions fail?
- What is the extent of similar activity on or near property, and have any additional security precautions implemented by the mall owner or management company?
Generally, shopping mall owners and managers are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the injured bystanders may elect to seek justice and pursue legal claims 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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