Man Killed, Teen Wounded in Sun Center Shooting
A man was killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured in a shooting at the Sun Center in Palm Springs in the early hours of Sunday, January 20.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at the shopping center located at South Palm Canyon and Camino Parocela. Upon arrival, officers discovered shell casings and blood on the parking lot’s west side.
While investigating the scene, police were notified that two victims were brought to Desert Regional Medical Center. The first victim, 21-year-old Noah Davidson, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 14-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
No suspect has been arrested and this case remains under investigation.
Other Violent Incidents in the Sun Center
There have been previous incidents of violence at the Sun Center – more specifically, outside of Zelda’s Nightclub.
In April of 2014, Sheldon Afred Auclair Jr. was kicked out of Zelda’s and then shot a security guard. He was convicted of attempted murder in March of 2016.
Another violent incident has made headlines in the weeks since the shooting. On February 11, 25-year-old Jair Santiago was arrested during a large fight outside of the bar and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
A representative from the California Department of Alcohol told News Channel 3 that the agency is reviewing recent criminal activity at the business, but that their liquor license is in “good standing.”
Legal Recourse for Parking Lot Shooting Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents the victims of preventable shootings in civil cases. We’ve asked him to share some insight on the legal options available to parking lot shooting victims and their families:
Business owners and all other property owners have a responsibility to make sure their properties are free of dangers that could end up injuring or killing people in their communities. This includes making sure the property is reasonably safe from the risk of foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting happens in or near a place of business, it’s important to determine if this legal obligation to public safety was met. Shooting victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit if property owner negligence played a role in the shooting.
For example, a property owner might be considered negligent if there was a history of violence near the property but no safety improvements were made, such as hiring security guards.
If you or a loved one has been wounded or killed in a shooting near a place of business, we want to help your family get the answers and support you deserve. You can learn more about your legal options by contacting one of our experienced crime victim attorneys.