According to NBC Philadelphia, on October 5th around 1 p.m., an argument broke out between an employee and another man in the Lowe’s parking lot located on 2106 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19148.
Police say that the suspect approached the employee and the two began to argue. The suspect then shot the victim 9 times.
The victim died at the scene of the shooting. There is no information about the suspect or his whereabouts. An investigation is still underway to determine the cause of the deadly shooting.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced violent crime lawyer, represents victims of shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. We asked Brian to share his knowledge on the legal rights of victims of parking lot shootings.
Brian explains, “Parking lot owners are legally required to protect their patrons and employees by providing adequate security on their property. This may include, but is not limited to, establishing well-lit parking lots and installing video surveillance. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security and someone is injured or killed on-site, then the owner may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.”
He continues: “However, inadequate security on its own is not enough for a lawsuit. A victim’s lawyer must also be able to prove that the crime which injured or killed their client was reasonably foreseeable. A reasonably foreseeable crime is one that occurs on a property with a history of crime and the owner did not improve security measures.”