Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at McDonald’s in Springdale, Arkansas
On Saturday at around 3:00 a.m. police arrived at the McDonald’s located on 1260 E Robinson Ave for reports of a shooting. 5 News claims officers found two men in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men was deceased and the other was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses saw the suspected gunman flee the scene in a white car. Police found the gunman alone driving towards Indianapolis in a 2007 black Chevrolet Impala. He was arrested for capital murder and for attempted capital murder.
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Can Restaurant Owners Be Liable For Violent Crime on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent at CrimeVictim.Attorney represents victims of restaurant shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. Mr. Kent has provided his insight on the legal options available to these victims.
“Every commercial property owner must fulfill their legal duty of keeping their patrons and employees safe from the threat of preventable crime. In order to do so, owners of places like restaurants and bars must provide adequate security on their properties. Examples of adequate security include hiring security guards, installing video surveillance, and establishing well-lit parking lots”, explained Mr. Kent.
He continued: “If a restaurant owner fails to provide adequate security and an incident such as a shooting occurs due to their negligence, then the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit. In addition, it must be proven that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if that restaurant had a prior history of violent crime and no security improvements were made, then the shooting may be deemed reasonably foreseeable. Each case is unique but generally speaking, if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs at a restaurant due to negligent security, then the victims may have a lawsuit against the property owner.”
If you or a loved one has been a victim to a restaurant shooting, you can learn more about your legal options by reviewing your case with a crime victim attorney.
Location of McDonald’s in Springdale, Arkansas
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