Many people in Arizona likely heard about the deadly shooting that happened at a Madden gaming tournament in Florida. The incident, which involved one gamer shooting others, resulted in the deaths of two people and multiple injuries to others. News sources report that one injured victim has filed a lawsuit against the venue and the publisher of Madden, Electronic Arts.
According to the court documents, the plaintiff was shot two times and is suing EA, the Chicago Pizza where it happened and the Jacksonville Landing Mall, in addition to others. He alleges that they were negligent and failed to provide a secure and safe environment for the gamers.
The plaintiff alleges that the venue was overly crowded and did not have a permit for the event. He also alleges that the defendants provided inadequate security. The lawsuit also detailed a number of shootings and stabbings that had happened over the past few years at the mall, alleging that it was a generally dangerous place. When asked to comment, EA stated that it is concentrating on helping the victims at this time and did not say anything about the lawsuit.
Property owners and operators owe duties of care to their patrons and visitors to keep their premises reasonably safe. If they fail to meet this duty, they may be liable to pay damages if someone is injured because of their negligence under a theory called premises liability. People who are injured while they are visiting the premises of another entity or person because of a hazardous condition that was present or because of inadequate security may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to see what recourse might be available.
Source: Kotaku, "Jacksonville shooting victim sues EA and venue," Jason Schreier, Aug. 31, 2018