According to KTLA local news, an off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy was shot dead at a Jack in the Box located at 2531 West Valley Blvd, Alhambra, California. On June 10th at around 6 p.m. the victim was standing at the counter in the fast-food restaurant when the suspected gunman, Rhett McKenzie Nelson, approached him from behind and shot him in the head. The gunman fled the scene but was eventually arrested. The victim was in critical condition for three days before he died in the hospital.
Police do not know the motive of the shooting and believe it was random.
Attorney contributor and shooting victim lawyer Bobby Thompson represents victims of violent crimes in civil lawsuits:
When a violent crime takes place on a commercial property, in some cases the property owner may be liable. However, every case is unique and complex. A commercial property owner has a legal duty of keeping their patrons and employees safe from any reasonably foreseeable crime. In order to prevent reasonably foreseeable violent crime from occurring, property owners must provide adequate security.
If a property owner does not provide adequate security and a violent crime occurs on their property due to negligence, then the owner may be liable. Additionally, if a crime is proven to be reasonably foreseeable, then the owner may be considered responsible. For example, if a shooting occurs at a restaurant that has a prior history of violent crime and no security improvements were made, this may be considered a reasonably foreseeable crime.