According to Local 10, a shooting occurred inside the Publix Super Market at Plaza De Leon located at 106 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables, FL 33135.
On the evening of Saturday, February 5, 2022, two men were in line at the grocery store to purchase Lottery tickets when an argument broke out. The suspect allegedly walked around the cart of the victim who lunged at him. The suspect is said to have lifted his shirt and pulled out a weapon, and began firing at the victim. The victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest and died a the scene.
Police arrested 51-year-old Osmel Lugo-Gutierrez on Sunday. He is facing a second-degree murder charge.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard provides legal aid to the surviving family members of victims killed in shootings. During a recent discussion, Michael elaborated on when families can file a lawsuit against a business for a fatal shooting inside a grocery store.
"Grocery stores, like any other commercial business owners, are legally responsible for ensuring the safety of their customers and staff while on their property. Grocery store owners are required to provide adequate security in accordance with premises liability laws. Measures might include ample lighting in the parking lots, security cameras around and inside the property, and training employees to recognize dangers. Failure for a store owner to have sufficient security can deem them as negligent."
"Victims injured or killed in a grocery store shooting may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a negligent grocery store owner if the crime was found to be reasonably foreseeable. If the grocery store owner failed to improve their security despite knowing criminal activity was increasing in the area, the crime may have been foreseeable. Updated security may include hired security or extra patrolling of law enforcement. Victims or their families can learn more about their legal options by talking with an experienced shooting victim attorney."