According to ABC7NY, there was a shooting at Craft Beer Lotto Cigar located at Redding St, Ozone Park, NY 11417.
The shooting unfolded at 6 pm at the store in South Ozone Park. The suspected shooter, Steven Cohen, was a 63-year-old homeless man. Cohen began arguing with employees and was asked to leave. The two employees pushed the suspect out of the store, which is when the situation escalated. Cohen went across the street and asked a worker at a beer shop to call 911 for help.
Cohen then returned to the store and shot one of the victims in this stomach. The other employee was fired at but not hit, authorities reported. The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he passed away due to his injuries.
Cohen had previous charges against him in 1982 and 2000. The charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville, an experienced violent crime attorney, has represented numerous violent crime victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Below, Laurence provided insight into the rights of victims shot violently at a deli on private property.
“Business owners have a legal obligation to protect patrons and provide security for all patrons on and around the property. Adequate security measures to provide protection include security cameras and strong lighting, but there are more. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security for those on and around the property, and someone is hurt, the property owner may be deemed liable in a lawsuit.
“For a property owner to be considered liable, a victim’s lawyer must prove there was negligence on behalf of the owner. An example of negligence is if a crime occurred, and the property owner did not improve security measures. In this case, the crime would be deemed reasonably foreseeable. If a crime could be deemed foreseeable, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the negligent property owner. If the property owner is found guilty, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for the damages.”