Could the shooting deaths and injuries at an Indianapolis strip 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 an Indianapolis, Indiana strip center parking lot early Saturday morning, June 5, 2021, leaving two men dead and two others injured.
As reported by IndyStar.com, “[o]fficers responded to a parking lot in the 7500 block of North Shadeland Avenue on a report of shots fired just after 2 a.m., where they found four people shot.”
According to the report, “[o]ne man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Another man died after shortly after being taken to Eskenazi Hospital. A man and a woman were injured and taken to the hospital in stable condition.”
WTHR.com is reporting, “The Marion County coroner identified the two men who died as 50-year-old Rodney Willis and 47-year-old Darnell Bell.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Strip 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 Rodney Willis and Darnell Bell 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 Rodney Willis and Darnell Bell and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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