ABC7 Chicago reports that on October 15th around 5 p.m., a shooting occurred in the Menards parking lot located on 14975 Lincoln Ave, Dolton, IL 60419.
Police say that a shootout started between two men. One of them was badly injured and drove himself to the hospital where he later died.
An innocent bystander was sitting in his car when he was shot and killed during the incident.
Police have not released any information about a possible suspect, and have yet to make any arrests.
Brian Kent, an experienced violent crime lawyer, has represented numerous victims of shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. We asked Brian to provide insight on the rights of victims wounded during a shooting.
“Legally, all commercial property owners must maintain the safety of their patrons and employees while on the premises. In order to do this, property owners must provide adequate security measures. For example, establishing well-lit parking lots and hiring security guards. If a property owner fails to provide inadequate security and someone is injured on their premises, then he or she may be held responsible for the victim’s injuries”, explained Mr. Kent.
He continued: “A property owner may be considered liable if the crime is considered reasonably foreseeable. For instance, if a previous crime happened in or around the premises and the owner did not improve security measures, then the bar owner would be considered negligent. In negligence cases, victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.”