Families File Lawsuit Against Mall Owner and Security Firm Following Deadly Shooting

Indianapolis, IN — Legal actions are mounting against Simon Property Group and Allied Universal Security Services following the tragic Greenwood Park Mall shooting, where three lives were lost on July 17, 2022. The close family members of the victims, Pedro Pineda, Rosa Pineda, and Victor Gomez, are pursuing wrongful death lawsuits, asserting negligence in security measures that should have potentially prevented the violent incident.

Filed in Marion County Court on July 9, 2024, the suits allege that there was a failure by the managing entities to adequately assess and respond to the potential for violence at the mall, citing an uneven allocation of security resources based on geographic and demographic considerations. Specifically, the families’ lawyers contend that the defendants should have preemptively identified the risk posed by the shooter, thereby averting the catastrophe.

The legal complaints highlight that the security setup at Greenwood Park Mall was inconsistent and under-prepared for the possibility of an active shooter situation, a scenario that unfolded with deadly consequences. The tragic day saw a gunman open fire in a busy section of the mall, claiming the lives of the Pinedas and Mr. Gomez, amongst fears and chaos among shoppers.

The families are also questioning the adequacy of the surveillance and patrol protocols which they argue were insufficient given the threat levels. According to the lawsuits, visible security measures such as monitored cameras and patrolling security personnel did not extend adequately into all areas of the mall, leaving significant gaps in coverage.

In the broader context, these incidents raise persistent questions about public spaces’ security and the responsibilities of property management companies to ensure safety. Experts in security protocol insist that incidents like the Greenwood Park Mall shooting highlight the need for comprehensive risk assessments and the implementation of robust security measures tailored to specific threats.

Furthermore, these lawsuits are stirring discussions among local communities about the balance between accessible public spaces and the necessity for stringent security to protect those spaces. The accusations of demographic-based discrepancies in security allocation have especially ignited conversations on equitable safety measures in public environments.

Additional families affected by the same tragedy have also come forward. Notably, another lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who was injured during the shooting, and her sister, who narrowly escaped harm. This suit also critiques the mall’s security arrangements, alleging that the shooter was able to bypass multiple layers of security, unchallenged and undetected until it was too late.

This pattern of litigation underscores a heartbreaking reality faced by many Americans in places meant for leisure and shopping. It also presents a legal challenge to entities like Simon Property Group about how such venues can and should safeguard against potential violence.

A request for a jury trial accompanies the demand for undisclosed damages, emphasizing the families’ desire for accountability and measures to prevent future tragedies. As the legal process unfolds, the outcomes of these suits may hold significant implications not only for the parties involved but also for the standards of security at similar venues nationwide.

While Simon Property as of now has not formally responded to the allegations, Allied Universal Security Services has refrained from comment, citing the ongoing litigation. As the community continues to heal, these legal actions are closely watched by many who seek justice for the victims and a reassessment of public space security practices nationwide.