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Dangerous Shopping Center? 22-Year-Old Michael Ezzard Shot and Killed At Smyrna, Georgia Shopping Center

Posted By Danny Dalton | May 23 2022 | Negligent Security, Wrongful Death

On May 16, 2022, 22-year-old Michael A. Ezzard Jr. was shot and killed at a shopping center in Smyrna, Georgia. Police recovered surveillance footage, which they believe could lead to an arrest of two suspected persons. The shooting incident took place at a Five Points shopping center at the 1649 of Roswell Street.

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:

  • Did the victims and the shooter know each other or have a prior history?
  • Did the shooter have a significant criminal history?
  • Was the shooter a known person to the shopping center?
  • What is the history of prior crime and police response at, and around, the shopping center?
  • What security measures were in place at the shopping center?
  • Where, precisely, did the shooting take place?
  • What led up to the shooting?

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 this shopping center 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 Shopping Centers?

Legal contributor Brian Mickelsen, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Mickelsen 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 for the 9-1-1 calls for service logs, crime grids, and actual police reports. 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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