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On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, around 8:20 PM, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department responded to a shooting near the Wendy’s restaurant outside of the Northlake Mall. Officers found a 19-year-old male suffering from at least one gunshot wound at the scene. The victim, Aveon Baker, was declared dead by medics at 8:45 PM.
Although this is a developing story and police have not yet identified potential suspects, this is not the first shooting that has occurred at or near the Northlake Mall. Roughly one year ago, a young man was charged with attempted murder for discharging a firearm inside of the Northlake Mall. That incident resulted in a youth supervision policy being put in place at the mall.
Other malls in the area have also had problems with violence, loitering, robberies, assaults, shootings, and even murders. Whether this incident is related to the nearby Northlake Mall is unknown at this time, but would certainly be an important aspect of any investigation.
Little information has been released relating to the incident, so many questions about what lead up to the incident remain. As they pertain to a civil case, though, important questions and areas of investigation might include:
Did the victim and the shooter know each other or have a prior history?
Did the shooter have a significant criminal history?
Where did the shooter come from prior to this incident?
Was the victim an intended target or a bystander?
What is the history of prior crime and police response at, and around, the Northlake Mall?
What security measures were in place at and around the Northlake Mall?
Who was responsible for monitoring the area where this occurred?
Where did the weapon come from?
These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Although nothing can bring back a loved one taken too early by gun violence, answers and understanding can help in the long journey to healing.
Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced crime victim lawyer, represents crime victims and gunshot victims injured or killed in shootings, stabbings, and assaults at apartment complexes and commercial properties.
“Many malls have become magnets for crime in recent years. Malls often have long histories of crime, including loitering, violence, robberies, gang activity, and drug activity. Malls have many options in taking reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, off-duty police presence, police precincts in the malls, sufficient security officers and patrol, trespass lists, adequate training of employees, and cameras. It is also important for property owners to monitor outside of the malls, and also to request and keep track of crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property. You can’t prevent all crime, but property owners should certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property.”
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