According to ksdk.com, on October 30th around 9 p.m. police were dispatched to the AutoZone located on 1215 N Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63113 for reports of a shooting.
Upon arrival officers discovered 2 people suffering from gunshot wounds. Shanieka Byrd was transported to the hospital in critical condition where she later died from her injuries. The other victim was hospitalized and is in critical condition.
The alleged suspect was seen wearing a brown jacket and a black ski mask. If you have any information about the incident please contact the Homicide Division at 314-444-5371.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens represents victims of criminal violence in civil lawsuits. Below Mr. Martens has provided his knowledge on the legal options available to these victims and their families.
Commercial property owners, and in this case parking lot owners, have a legal duty to protect their patrons and employees from preventable dangers on site. In order to fulfill this duty property owners must supply adequate security on their premises. However, if a parking lot owner fails to provide adequate security and someone is injured by a shooting because of security negligence, then the owner here could be held liable for the crime.
Nonetheless, a violent crime victim’s attorney must also be able to prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. A reasonably foreseeable crime is one that occurs at on a property with a history of criminal activity yet the property owner did nothing to improve security standards. Essentially, if a reasonably foreseeable crime occurs due to inadequate security, then the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.
If you or a loved one has experienced an incident similar to the one above, you can contact an experienced crime victim attorney to discuss your potential legal options.