According to CBS San Francisco, on September 17th around 3 a.m. police were called to the parking lot of Foods Co located on 300 Atlantic Ave in Pittsburg, CA after reports of a shooting.
Upon arrival, authorities found a man and woman who had been shot. Both victims were hospitalized and the man died from his injuries. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries.
According to police, the victims were walking in the parking lot when a vehicle drove up to them. A man got out of the car, started to argue with the victims, and then proceeded to shoot them.
Then the suspect ran from the scene and the vehicle sped off in the opposite direction. Police have yet to identify any suspects and are still investigating the incident.
Attorney Commentator Bobby Thompson has experience in helping victims of violent crimes and their families find justice in civil lawsuits. He offered the following comments for victims of parking lot shootings:
Commercial property owners are legally obligated to provide adequate security on their premises. Adequate security may include things like security cameras and well-lit parking lots. Failure to do so may result in a negligent security lawsuit, depending on the circumstances.
In order for a violent crime victim to have grounds for a lawsuit against a property owner, the crime must have been reasonably foreseeable and the property must have had inadequate security measures. A reasonably foreseeable crime is one that occurs on a property with a previous history of shootings and stabbings, yet the owner did nothing to improve security.