Could the shooting at a Virginia Beach parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Virginia Beach, Virginia parking lot early Monday morning, August 19, 2019, leaving one woman shot and injured.
As reported by WAVY.com, “a woman was shot during a robbery on Jeanne Street in Virginia Beach early Monday morning.”
According to the report, ” two males approached the woman in a parking lot in the 4700 block of Jeanne Street, off Kellam Road, around 1:35 a.m.”
13NewsNow.com is reporting, “[o]ne of the suspects shot the woman during the robbery before they both got away.”
a resident told 13NewsNow “the complex has security guards. However, someone has to call them for security to show up.”
The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
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 parking lot 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 parking lot have adequate security in place at the time of the robbery?
- 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 robbery?
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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her 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 victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect her interests.
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