According to Fox 29, a shooting took place outside of the Shop & Save located at 1516 W 9th St, Chester, PA 19013.
Police responded to a call around 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021, after a shooting took place in the parking lot. Allegedly a man was targeted, and as he stepped outside of the grocery store was shot at from the parking lot. He returned fire before the police arrived.
In the crossfire, a child was struck three times while in a vehicle in the parking lot. The victim was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to treat her injuries. She is said to be in good condition.
No arrests were made, but police were able to identify one of the shooters.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has represented victims of shootings and their families in civil lawsuits for years. During a recent interview, we asked Brian to share his insight on victims' rights outside of a grocery store.
"Grocery store owners, like other commercial property owners, have a legal obligation to provide a level of protection for the customers and staff on and around the grocery store property. Property owners should provide adequate security to ensure safety and prevent violent crimes from occurring on the premises. Some examples of these security measures could include sufficient lighting and security cameras throughout the property. If someone on the property is injured from a violent crime and sufficient security was not provided, the victim and their family could have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit."
"If the crime that led to the victim's injury was reasonably foreseeable or if the property owner is considered negligent, the property owner could be responsible for the damages. A foreseeable crime includes if crimes had recently occurred on or around the property, but the owner failed to improve security, and another one took place. If a victim's attorney can prove that the crime occurred as a result of inadequate security, the victim and their family could be eligible for monetary compensation."