According to US News, there was a shooting at the Monroeville Mall located at 200 Mall Cir Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146.
Police dispatched to the mall shortly before 1:30 pm on October 7th. The shooting was a result of an argument between two men, one of whom was armed. The victim was shot two times, and fell to the ground in an attempt to run away, reported a witness.
Upon arrival, the police found a 20-year-old man shot in the chest. The victim was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The mall has been the scene of gunfire before, once in April 2019 and another in September 2019.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced violent crime attorney, represents victims and their families in violent crime civil lawsuits. We asked Brian to provide commentary on the legal rights of victims of shot at a mall.
“Mall owners have a legal obligation to protect the patrons when on their property. To ensure the safety of customers and patrons, property owners are required to provide security. Examples of adequate security are well-lit parking lots, security guards, and cameras. If the property owner does not provide proper security, and someone is injured, the mall owner may be considered liable in court.”
“A victim’s attorney must prove the mall owner was negligent. A property owner may be deemed negligent if the crime is considered reasonably foreseeable. A crime could be considered reasonably foreseeable if previous crimes have occurred in the area or on the property. In such cases, a mall owner would be considered negligent if security improvements were not made. In cases of negligence, the victim and their family may receive monetary compensation for the damages. Victims should acquire the services of an experienced violent crime attorney to determine their rights.”