A woman who was sitting in her parked car in the parking lot of Tanger Outlet while she waited for her daughter to finish work was shot.
Police were dispatched to the scene at 12:10 a.m. When they arrived at the outlet mall, they found the 58-year-old victim still sitting in her car with all the doors shut while she waited for help to arrive. After they approached the woman, the responding officers clearly saw that she had suffered an “obvious gunshot wound.” The police promptly called for an EMS unit and secured the scene of the shooting.
When asked what she was doing at the popular outlet mall, the victim explained that she was waiting to drive her daughter home from work. She was startled when two individuals not only approached her car and told her that “this is a stick-up.” One of the individual’s shot at the woman. Police have found the victim’s purse behind her driver’s seat.
This is not the first time the mall parking lot has been the scene of a shooting. Earlier this year, in January, police found 78-year-old Frances “Mae” Davis slumped over the wheel of her car with a gun shut wound. They never did locate her purse or anyone connected to the crime. That shooting also took place at noon. Although she was still alive when police found her, Davis succumbed to the gunshot wound shortly after she was transported to the emergency room.
“This is outrageous,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “When people go to the mall either to shop or pick someone up, they should be able to focus on the task. They shouldn’t have to spend the entire time they are there worried that someone will walk up to them and shoot them. The fact that this has no happened twice, in the same location indicates that, at the very least, something needs to be done to make the parking at the mall safer for everyone. I hope in this case, the victim not only survives, but that she’s able to see the individuals responsible for her injury brought to justice.”
When someone is hurt in a parking lot shooting, most assume that all the fault lies on the shoulders of the individual who pulled the trigger. In reality, the way the American judicial system is set up, if the mall can’t prove that they did everything possible to prevent the shooting from taking place, they are also liable and can be named the defendant in a civil, personal injury lawsuit. If a civil court jury finds that the defendant didn’t do everything possible to ensure the safety of everyone in their parking lot, they can be ordered to pay a settlement that not only covers punitive damages, such as medical bills, but also compensatory mattes, including pain and suffering.
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