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Man Arrested after Fatal Shooting at Amazon Fresh Store Parking Lot

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An 80-year-old man was arrested after a fatal shooting on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 outside an Amazon Fresh store in Westchester, California. The shooting happened in the parking lot of the store, which is located on the 6800 block of La Cienega Boulevard near Centinela Avenue.

According to witnesses, there was a confrontation between the 80-year-old man and a 30-year-old man. The 30-year-old man allegedly drove his white pickup truck erratically into the parking lot, came to a screeching stop, and started arguing with an older lady that pulled into the parking lot shortly after (the older lady is a neighbor lived in the apartments nearby). A few moments later, the 80-year-old man came out of his home in a robe holding a gun. One witness claims that he likely came out to protect the woman, as they were neighbors. The 30-year-old man began yelling at the other man, calling him racial slurs, and yelling at him. This is when the shooting occurred.

The authorities took the 80-year-old into custody and rendered aid to the 30-year-old man that had been shot, although he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the suspect or the deceased victim have been identified, and the incident remains under investigation.

Unfortunately, these incidents are far too common. In this situation, it appears like it started with a road rage incident that escalated after the neighbor came out to the parking lot armed and trying to defend his neighbor.

These incidents bring up many questions. Some of these questions include the following:

  • Who is liable for the death resulting from the shooting?
  • Can the property owner be held accountable?
  • Is Amazon Fresh liable for the incident that happened on the parking lot?

Below, we will address some of these questions.

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Who is Liable for Deaths Resulting from Shootings?

In general, the shooter is at-fault for any injuries or death resulting from a shooting; after all, it is the actions of the shooter that directly harmed the victim. Of course, depending on the situation, other parties or entities could be liable.

Are Property Owners Liable for Shooting Injuries on their Premises?

Under the concept of premise liability, property owners have a duty to keep their entire premises safe for everyone on their property. This extends to parking lots. So, what does this mean? Property owners must keep their entire premises safe. Therefore, they must routinely inspect the premises to be able to identify and address any hazards or dangerous conditions. Most hazards include wet floors, broken concrete, poorly installed shelves, etc.; however, there are hazards presented by other people on the property – which can usually only be addressed by increasing security.

Can Amazon Fresh Store be Liable for the Incident that Happened at their Parking Lot?

Yes – the property owner, in this case Amazon Fresh, could be liable for any harm resulting from an incident in their parking lot. As mentioned above, property owners are responsible for keeping their entire premises – including their parking lots – safe. They must have appropriate security and security cameras, for instance. If there was security at the store parking lot, then store security could have responded and quickly deescalated the situation (even just by asking any of the people involved to leave the premises) or by contacting the authorities for further actions, for example.

Without a doubt, the property owner is likely to argue that they could not have known that an incident of that magnitude could occur and that they cannot be held liable. Still, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Can I Recover Compensation for Wrongful Death?

Yes – if a member of your family was killed in a store parking lot, you could potentially be eligible to receive compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one. Depending on the details surrounding the claim, claimants could be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, funeral/burial costs, punitive damages, and legal fees, for instance. For more information about the compensation that you could be eligible to receive, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our team is committed to getting our clients the maximum recovery available for their claims.

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Other Possible Incidents at Amazon Fresh Stores

There are many different incidents that can occur at the parking lot of Amazon Fresh Stores. Some examples of these incidents include the following:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Trip and fall accidents
  • Falling object incidents
  • Assault and battery incidents
  • Sexual assault incidents

No matter the specific incident that you or a loved one suffered on the premises of an Amazon Fresh store, it is important that you explore the legal options available to you. You could have the right to sue and recover compensation.

The Downtown L.A. Law Group

The team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group has decades of experience handling all sorts of claims resulting in injuries and death. If your loved one was injured or killed as a direct result of the actions – or inaction – of a specific party or entity, you could certainly have the right to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you and your family, contact us today. Our team is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to better understand the legal options available. Our team offers free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. This means that our clients will be able to speak with our lawyers without ever having to pay anything. That is, our expert lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns no matter whether you are looking to begin or continue your claim. To benefit from these free legal services, contact our law firm today.

Our team is proud to offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never have to worry about paying upfront legal costs. In addition, our team works on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not have to pay anything unless their claims are successful. If you do not win, you will simply not be responsible for paying anything.

If you are ready to speak with our expert legal team, contact us today.

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