For most families, a trip to the mall is a relatively routine event. Unfortunately, if those who manage the mall fail to provide adequate security, such a trip could ultimately have tragic consequences. In fact, a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit claims that negligence on the part of the mall, its security company and its general manager led to the death of an 8-year-old boy.
The event that led to the lawsuit happened on a day in early July. The boy and his family were at the store shopping for new clothing when reports indicate that a group of men became involved in a dispute and began shooting. The boy was reportedly shot in the head and died soon after. Three men have since been charged with capital murder.
The lawsuit claims that the defendants had a duty to protect shoppers by providing adequate security, and their failure to do so is both negligent and wanton. Because of previous incidents at the mall, including another fatality and other shootings, the lawsuit claims that the defendants should have anticipated that a tragedy such as this could occur and provided appropriate security. One of the defendants declined to comment on pending litigation, and the others could not be reached for comment.
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed on behalf of the child’s mother, seeks unspecified damages. Unfortunately, this family must now cope with every parent’s worst nightmare. Many in Florida who decide to take legal action in premises liability cases are often motivated by the desire to ensure that others do not have to face similar suffering.