According to The Riverdale Press, two men who work for the New York City Housing Authority at Fort Independence Houses in the Bronx at 3350 Bailey Avenue reportedly argued after one of the employees had been written up on January 6th.
Police responded to the Housing Authority in the Bronx after receiving reports of shots fired. Witnesses stated that an employee became enraged after receiving a write up from the supervisor and allegedly shot the supervisor 3 times- once in the leg, once in the chest, and once in the lower abdomen.
According to police, the suspect drove away in a Chevrolet Tahoe and is still on the loose. The supervisor remains in critical condition but is expected to recover from his injuries.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville specializes in civil cases dealing with victims of violent crimes. Mr. Banville agreed to share his insight on the legal routes that victims and their families may choose to follow.
“Shootings change the lives of victims and their families on a dime. If the victim survives a shooting, they could face a lifetime of pain from injuries, emotional state of mind, and could traumatize their families forever. Unfortunately, this means medical bills could pile up and could send the victim into debt and will likely need long-term counseling,” says Banville.
“While we encourage every crime victim to participate fully with the police and criminal prosecutors, the criminal justice system isn’t designed to help survivors recover from their injuries and trauma. That’s especially true where financial compensation is concerned. Within the criminal justice system, victims and their families have two options to secure compensation,” Banville states.
“After a conviction of the perpetrator, families have a right to ask a Court for restitution for damages (perpetrator pays victim). Against a Court Order, the perpetrator will pay in addition to their sentence. This is only one form of monetary damages that may be awarded to the victim or the family of the victim. Many survivors of crime, however, have another option: pursuing financial damages through the civil justice system,” defines Banville.
Whether you or a loved one were a victim of a shooting in a workplace disagreement, do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your legal options.