According to CNN, shoppers were forced to evacuate the Christiana Mall located at 132 Christiana Mall, Newark, DE 19702 after gunfire erupted inside.
Delaware State Police said the incident happened in a Newark shopping mall around 6:43 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2023. Police said the three victims were shot in the food court area and transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. Five others were injured but not due to gunshots.
At this time, no suspects are in custody, and authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting. The mall will remain closed Saturday evening and police have asked people to keep away from the area. A reunification site has been set up at the north entrance for those trying to locate someone.
Police have stated that there are no public safety concerns at Christiana Mall and the surrounding area. Additional details have yet to be released. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to gather more details on this shooting,” police said in a tweet.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards is a lawyer specializing in gun crime cases and provides legal counsel to victims and their families involved in lawsuits across the state of Delaware. During a recent discussion, Phil gave insightful information on who is liable for a mall shooting injury.
"Mall owners have a legal responsibility to provide a reasonable level of protection for those who visit their property. Mall owners should implement a secure safety strategy to protect their customers and vendors best. This might include installing security cameras, fully lit parking lots, and having security officers patrolling the premises. These steps can help prevent shootings and other criminal activity. If a mall owner fails to take the necessary measures to protect people, and someone gets hurt, the court may hold the mall owner responsible."
"Victims of violent crimes should seek the help of an experienced attorney to prove that the mall was accountable. The attorney will try to show that the incident was reasonably foreseeable. If there have been violent crimes on the mall property before, but the mall owner did not take steps to increase security, it could be seen as foreseeable. Victims may even be eligible for monetary compensation."