Lack of Security? Kalaila Miller, 17, and Kentrell Ancar, 21, Shot and Killed at Walgreens in New Orleans
The deadly shooting occurred at a Walgreens on the corner of Elysian Fields Ave and Gentilly Blvd. 17-year-old Kalaila Miller was found dead in the parking lot, and 21-year-old Kentrell Ancar was rushed to the hospital but died. No arrests have been made, and police are still investigating the shooting.
During an interview, a neighbor commented that shootings in the area have become more common. “It’s a real shame,” Kevin Hug says. “We do hear shootings definitely in the neighborhood. I mean, you hear them everywhere, but it seems more and more prevalent.:
Investigation and Questions
Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident. As they pertain to a potential civil case and lawsuit, important questions and areas of investigation might include:
- What caused the shooting?
- Did the shooter(s) have a significant criminal history?
- Was the shooter a known person to Walgreens?
- What security measures were in place at Walgreens?
- What measures did the Friends Food Mart take after each of the other shootings?
- Where, precisely, did the shooting take place?
These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Problematic properties such as Walgreens have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their customers. When these stores know they have a problem with crime and gang violence, they may be held liable when one of their customers is injured or killed in one of these instances of violent crime.
How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Convenience Stores
Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Dalton offered the following commentary on this situation:
“Owners and operators of businesses can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, video cameras, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and maintaining a clean store in good repair can all help to deter crime. It is also important for property owners to request and monitor crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property so that they can evaluate what security measures are necessary. Owners and operators should request the 9-1-1 calls for service logs, crime grids, and actual police reports. The fact that the crime at this property was so rampant that the city is closing it down means that the owners were, or should have been, well aware of the crime problem on their property. You can’t prevent all crime, but property owners can certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property.”
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