According to FoxNews, there was a stabbing at Grace Covenant Church located at 4600 Brookfield Corporate Dr, Chantilly, VA 20151, on July 19th, around 3 pm. There were four victims, including the pastor of the church.
The incident occurred during a Bible study class, a suspect with a knife allegedly attempted to attack the pastor. During the altercation, two church members intervened to stop the suspect from hurting the pastor. All were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspect or the names of those wounded.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan, an experienced violent crime lawyer, licensed in Virginia, represents victims and their families involved in violent crimes in civil suits. Below, Kevin shared his insights on violent crimes to help victims determine if they can sue for being stabbed.
In our interview, we asked Kevin about the legal obligations church owners have to their congregation. He responded by saying, property owners are legally obligated to provide a safe environment for their guests and visitors. A safe environment is upheld through proper security measures. Examples of adequate security are having surveillance cameras and security guards. If previous violent incidents have occurred, and a property owner fails to improve safety, a victim may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit.
Later in the interview, Kevin emphasized the victim’s rights if a property owner is negligent. Kevin said the first step a victim should follow is securing the services of a violent crimes attorney. If the victim’s attorney can prove negligence on behalf of a property owner concerning the crime, the victim may have a case. An example of negligence is if the crime was reasonably foreseeable by an owner. A crime could be deemed foreseeable if previous crimes occurred in the area, and an owner chose not to improve security after measures. If the property owner is found negligent in court, the victim or a family member may be awarded a monetary value for damages.