How Georgia's Negligent Security and Premises Liability Laws Address Incidents Like the South Dekalb Mall Shooting
SOUTH DEKALB, GEORGIA - A news story on cbs46.com reports that a metro Atlanta shopping mall was under attack by a gunman who began shooting shopperMallside South Dekalb Mall.*
One anonymous shopper stated that their Sunday was supposed to be a pleasant shopping experience but found themselves being shot at in the South Dekalb mall. The shopper stated to reporters that she was close to where the shooting occurred. She said that she was shopping and walking through the mall when suddenly she began hearing gunfire.
Other witnesses who were shopping inside the South Dekalb Galleria Mall last Sunday spoke to the news, but they did not want their names made public. A food court worker said this was the first time she had been so close to a shooting, and there were lots of people inside the mall who were screaming, "Gunshots! Gunshots!"
According to law enforcement reports, two men walked inside a jewelry store and then shot into a glass case. The robbers then grabbed jewelry and then ran away with several pieces of jewelry.
Last March, police announced a serious altercation that happened at the South Dekalb Galleria. That incident involved gunfire and a jewelry store. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the attack, but the incident frightened shoppers.
Another witness in last Sunday's shooting stated that people and children were running everywhere and cars were colliding with each other. Fortunately, there weren't injuries in last Sunday's South Dekalb Galleria shooting.
Mall employees are now insisting that something is done to stop the violent criminal activity at the mall. One employee stated that the mall needs more security.
These types of incidents set the groundwork for possible future negligent security claims in Georgia. Under the law, owners of property owe a duty to customers, known legally as invitees, to keep their premises safe. In instances where violent crimes occur on property, owners owe a duty to invitees to take reasonable actions to improve security and deter criminals. Examples would be to hire additional security, improve lighting, install security cameras, and allow for easier access to law enforcement, among others. If they do not, they could be liable for wrongful death and serious injury to subsequent victims of violent crime committed by third parties.
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