Salt Lake Police Searching For Suspect in Fatal Parking Garage Shooting
A man was killed in a shooting at a parking garage in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 15. According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, the shooting occurred near a bar called Wasted Space, at 324 South Street. They believe that a fight began at the bar and eventually spilled into the nearby parking garage, where shots were fired and one man was fatally wounded.
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old David Lawrence Burwell.
Police are looking for a person of interest in connection with the shooting. Investigators want to interview 38-year-old Thalwallkelah Lamar Washington regarding the incident. They believe he may be driving a black 2007 Mercedes Benz with California license plate 7XCP832. Investigators are also looking for possible cell phone videos of the altercation.
Property Owner Liability For Violent Crime
Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents violent crime victims and their families in civil court. He’s offered to share some insight into the legal rights available to the victims of preventable shootings and other violent incidents:
Property owners of all types have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers. For business owners, this means making sure the business is safeguarded from accidental dangers like slippery floors, as well as foreseeable violent crime. For example, a parking garage owner could protect their customers by hiring security guards to patrol the garage, installing security cameras, etc. A bar owner in an area with high violent crime rates could protect their customers by requiring customers to be searched for weapons upon entry to the bar.
When a shooting, stabbing, or other violent crime occurs at a place of business, it’s important to ask if the business owner met their obligation to keep their customers safe. In cases where inadequate or negligent security failed to prevent a foreseeable violent crime, the victims and their families could have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.
Determining liability for violent incidents is a complicated legal process. If your family has recently been affected by a violent crime and you’re curious about your legal rights, we recommend speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer.