According to NBC Philadelphia, a shooting occurred at the El Nopalito Restaurant located at 22095 Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Saturday, January 22, 2022, two men were asked to leave the restaurant due to a disturbance. At approximately 7:30 p.m., the men returned masked and armed. They approached the first victim and attempted to steal his necklace. The victim fought back but was shot by the second suspect. As the two suspects were leaving the restaurant, one shot toward the dining room, striking another victim, who died at the scene. The first victim was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries as well.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards represents victims of violent crimes and their families. As an experienced shooting victim lawyer, he recently shared insight on the elements required to file a lawsuit after restaurant shootings.
"When victims are shot and injured, or worse killed, at a restaurant, it is important for the victims and their families to understand their legal rights. By law, property owners, including restaurants, have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for their customers and employees. Security typically includes security cameras and sufficient parking lot lighting at night, but other alternatives may be necessary. When violent crimes occur on the property, such as a shooting, the owner may be held liable if they fail to implement security measures properly.
"Furthermore, a shooting victim lawyer will need to show that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. Meaning the restaurant owner knew of an increased risk of violent crime but chose not to upgrade their security. In cases such as this, the victim of the violent crime or their family may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit. Victims may recover financial compensation to pay the expenses resulting from the injury or death."