Could the shooting death at an Indianapolis mall have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A young man was killed in a shooting at an Indianapolis, IN mall Thursday evening, June 11, 2020.
As reported by Indystar.com, “[j]ust before 6 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers patrolling in the area heard shots fired inside [a] mall at 6020 East 82nd St.”
According to the report, “the shooting happened just inside of the mall doors, and the incident then spilled out to the parking lot.”
Fox59.com is reporting, “[o]fficers arrived to find a man lying in the parking lot suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.“
Per the report, “the man was identified as 23-year-old Trai Terrell.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Mall 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, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Did the mall have adequate security in place at the time of the shooting?
- What security measures, such as 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, Trai Terrell’s family 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 Trai Terrell’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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