WDBJ has reported a shooting at Lago Pizza Moneta located at 14807 Moneta Rd G, Moneta, VA 24121.
At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, January 1, 2022, a man was shot and killed at the pizza restaurant. Police arrested 44-year-old Shamanique Peter Mickle and have charged him with second-degree murder in addition to using a firearm to commit murder and knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan has worked with shooting victims and their families for years. As an experienced shooting victim attorney, he helps injured victims and the families of fatally shot victims get the justice they deserve. Not long ago, he provided some insight on the requirements to bring a lawsuit against negligent restaurant owners for being shot on their property.
"Property owners, including restaurants, have a legal duty to afford all customers and staff a safe environment. Maintaining basic security measures such as proper lighting and security cameras can help lower the risk of preventable dangers, such as shootings. When a restaurant owner fails to provide a level of security on their property, they can be regarded as negligent by a court of law."
"Victims and the families of deceased shooting victims can retain the assistance of an experienced shooting victim attorney to help prove a restaurant owner was negligent. The attorney will determine if the crime was foreseeable. This would include a crime that occurred due to a lack of improved security despite knowing about the increasing violent crime in the area. The battle of proving the property owner's negligence allowed the crime to occur can be difficult. Therefore an experienced shooting victim attorney is encouraged for all victims of violent crime like shootings."