KMOV 4 claims that on Monday night, a verbal dispute led to gunfire outside of the New Light Chop Suey restaurant located on 4004 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO. At the restaurant, a man made an offensive comment to a woman near him. Police reported that the women then called a male suspect and told him to come to the restaurant. When the suspect arrived, he started physically fighting the man who made the comment to the woman. He punched the victim in the face and then proceeded to shoot him.
Police found the victim outside of the restaurant with numerous gunshot wounds. He was hospitalized and is being treated in critical condition. The suspect's whereabouts are unknown and the investigation is still underway.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens represents victims of restaurant shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. Mr. Martens has offered to share his knowledge about the legal options available to these victims.
Commercial property owners should prioritize the safety of their patrons and employees. They have a legal duty to prevent any reasonably foreseeable crime from injuring those who visit their property. In order to successful protect their customers, property owners must provide adequate security measures on their premises. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security and a violent crime occurs due to their negligence, then they may be held liable for the crime.
However, that is not all. The violent crime must also be deemed reasonably foreseeable for the victim to be able to file a lawsuit against the property owner. A crime may be considered reasonably foreseeable if the property or the surrounding area has had a prior history of criminal violence, but no security improvements were made. For instance, if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs at a restaurant due to inadequate security, then the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the restaurant owner.