The family of Frances “Mae” Davis has come to a difficult decision. They decided to file a file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Myrtle Beach Mall. In the court papers they’ve filed, they state that the fact that the mall didn’t provide “adequate security staff and properly working surveillance cameras” contributed to Davis’s death.
The incident occurred just outside J.C. Pennies on January 8, 2016. Davis and her daughter, Shelly Wells, had spent the morning shopping. When Wells dashed into the J.C. Penney store, her mother chose to wait in her Kia. Fifteen minutes later, Wells returned and was horrified to find her mother slumped over the seat, unconscious and bleeding. Her purse and cell phone were missing and still haven’t been found. Davis passed away shortly after being transferred to a nearby emergency medical facility.
Despite extreme efforts to learn the identity of the individuals who shot and killed Davis, which included offering a reward the eventually amounted to $10,000 and posting billboard announcements, police have yet to arrest any suspects.
“I wish I could tell you differently,” said Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis. “We’ve got no leads or anything.”
Although Davis was the first shooting victim, violent crimes in the area have been increasing. Just two weeks prior to Davis’s death, a woman reported a purse snatching which involved an elderly woman being shoved to the ground and the assailant placing his foot on her face while he lifted both her wallet and her car keys.
Although they looked for one, police were unable to make a connection between the purse snatching Davis’s shooting. They also explored the possibility of a link between nearby home robberies and the shooting but once again were unable to find enough evidence to act upon.
According to the court papers the Davis family filed, the mall not only knew about the increase in crime, but had also been put “on notice” and told that they needed to create a plan that would deter crime, including functioning surveillance cameras and making sure the staff was properly trained in security matters. These measures hadn’t taken place at the time Davis was shot. The family believes that if the mall had made more of an effort with their security, Davis would still be alive today.
There’s been no mention of the amount the family is looking to receive from the mall.
“My heart goes out the family. I can’t imagine the amount of pain they must be feeling,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “I’m very glad to learn that they have decided to take action and have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. I’m interested in seeing how the situation plays out during the next few months.”
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