According to Delaware Online, a man was shot at the Concord Mall in Brandywine Hundred, located at 4737 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.
On Friday, September 17, 2021, Delaware State Police responded to a call of a shooting around 4:30 p.m. They arrived to find one man with a gunshot wound. The shooter fled the scene after firing off, which witnesses stated was one or two shots.
The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injury. Police are continuing the investigation.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards is an experienced criminal violence attorney that has represented victims of shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. During an interview, he provided his insight regarding legal options for victims of shootings on commercial property, such as a mall.
"Commercial property owners, including mall owners, have a legal responsibility to provide security to those on their property, especially as preventatives to violent crimes. To ensure their patron's safety, mall owners should create a well-lit environment, install surveillance cameras throughout the property in addition to hiring security guards. If ample security is lacking on the mall's property and someone suffers an injury, the victim may have reason to pursue a lawsuit against the mall owner."
"The mall owner can be held liable if the crime is considered foreseeable or if the property owner is found negligent. A crime is foreseeable if it is found to have been preventable, such as if previous violent crimes occurred on their property, but the mall owner made no improvements to security. If an attorney can prove that a crime occurred solely because of inadequate security, therefore reasonably foreseeable, then the mall owner could be found liable and even compensation to the victim."