A lawsuit for the survivors of The Jacksonville Landing mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, will be filed this week, various sources say.
The Aug. 26 mass shooting left three people dead, including the killer, identified as 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore. Eleven people were injured in the shooting, including nine with gunshot wounds.
The killer used a single firearm to shoot at people who attended the Madden NFL 19 video game competition at The Jacksonville Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the St John’s River in Jacksonville.
The video game tournament was being held inside the GLHF Game Bar attached to the Chicago Pizza restaurant.
As the epidemic of gun violence, mass shootings, and domestic terrorism worsens in the U.S., more and more businesses, event organizers, and property owners find themselves facing negligent security lawsuits and other premises liability complaints.
Like the lawsuit for The Jacksonville Landing shooting survivors, negligent security lawsuits are based on the premise that property owners and affiliated parties failed to take proper measures to prevent a crime or at least make it less likely to occur.
“This is not the time in America for bare-bones security or even worse, no security at all. We must demand more,” one of the lawyers involved in The Jacksonville Landing lawsuit said, according to News4Jax.
Lawyers behind the suit say more should have been done to provide security for the attendees of the video game tournament, especially since The Jacksonville Landing and the City of Jacksonville are no strangers to deadly shootings.
Just last year, a shooting outside The Jacksonville Landing killed a 16-year-old boy and critically injured a 13-year-old. That deadly shooting was connected to another shooting that injured two teens earlier the same month, January 2017, at the city’s the Art Walk event.
“Proper security measures can be a significant cost for business owners and organizers, but the safety of Americans should always come first before any cost consideration for businesses and event organizers,” he said. “It must always be people over profits, always,” a Jacksonville lawyer said, according to First Coast News.