Gabriela Aldana was in the parking lot of the Hookah Palace located at Southwest 26th Street in Miami-Dade, Florida just after 2 a.m. on Friday. NBC 6 Miami claims that Aldana approached an unidentified vehicle in the parking lot and gun shots were fired from inside the vehicle. The vehicle immediately fled the scene after fatally shooting the victim.
Aldana was taken to the local hospital where she later died from her injuries. Police have yet to release any additional information about the shooting or their investigation.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard works closely with victims of preventable violent crime and provides his thoughts on the matter.
"All commercial property owners, including parking lot owners, have a legal duty of keeping their patrons safe from foreseeable violent crime. It is critical for owners to provide a reasonable standard of security in order to make sure that employees, customers, and visitors are safe from any hazards", stated Mr. Haggard.
"While not all violent crime is foreseeable, generally parking lot shootings may be prevented if there are adequate security measures on the premises. If there is negligent security, commercial property owners could be held accountable in court for the violent crime that occurred on their property", Mr. Haggard explained.
Establishing negligence for a parking lot shooting is a complex process and depends on the specific case. If you are looking to learn more about legal options concerning property owner liability for violent crime it is important to speak with an experienced crime victim attorney.