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Local news reports a shooting at Gallery at South DeKalb, a shopping mall in Decatur, Georgia. The shooting took place on Friday, June 10, 2022, at around 11:30 p.m. outside of Fletcher’s Place – a bar and grill. 48-year-old Daletavious McGuire was shot and killed. Law enforcement believes the shooting arose over a dispute about a girl. DeKalb County Police continue to investigate.
The U.S. has seen a significant increase in shootings at malls. The following security measures should be implemented at malls to prevent shootings, fighting, and serious injuries and death:
Adequate lighting in the parking lot
A sufficient number of off-duty officers patrolling the premises
Private security guards
Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident and the other recent incidents at the same location. 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 the Georgia Mall?
What security measures were in place at the Georgia Mall?
What measures did the Georgia Mall take after each of the other shootings?
Where, precisely, did the shooting take place?
Did the shooter know the victims?
These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Shopping malls have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their customers from foreseeable criminal attacks. When these malls 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.
Legal contributor Attorney 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 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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