Could this shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims?
Gunfire erupted at a Portsmouth, Virginia shopping center early Tuesday morning, April 16, 2019, leaving two people injured. According to 13NewsNow.com, “[t]he call came in just after 4 a.m. Tuesday inside the Player’s Vape store located at the Afton Shopping Center along George Washington Highway.” Wavy.com is reporting, “[r]esponding officers found a man who had been shot in the torso and a woman who was shot in the arm. Both the man and the woman were taken to a hospital for treatment.”
The incident remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Business patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises the they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Was the establishment properly staffed with security personnel?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, 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. 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.
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