The parents of a 17-year-old who was shot and killed at a downtown Dallas 7-Eleven are suing the store and the retail chain, saying it did not provide adequate security and exposed their son to an unreasonable risk of harm.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Dallas County district court by Tara Jeff and Omari Frazier and on behalf of their son Omarian Frazier, who was fatally shot April 5 in a shooting that also wounded another teen. According to the lawsuit, Omarian Frazier was inside the 7-Eleven purchasing a soda before he was shot.
Authorities arrested Donald Moore Jr., 24, of Dallas on a murder charge in connection with the shooting. An arrest-warrant affidavit said police suspect Moore was trying to shoot two people who assaulted him in front of the convenience store two days prior but mistakenly targeted the wrong men.
Moore remains in custody as of Thursday afternoon, with his bail set at $400,000. A Dallas County grand jury charged him with murder May 16. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
Dallas police responded just before 6 p.m. April 5 to a shooting at the 7-Eleven in the 1000 block of Ross Avenue and found the teens shot. Omarian Frazier died there, and the other teen was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
Both victims were interns at Café Momentum, a nonprofit restaurant that provides life-skills training to youths who have been in the juvenile justice system. Through a spokesperson, Margaret Windham, executive director of its Dallas location, said in April that the Café Momentum family will remember Omarian Frazier “as the bright and hardworking young man he was.”
According to the lawsuit, 7-Eleven had a duty to make the store premises reasonably safe, and they breached that by failing to eliminate or mitigate a dangerous condition. It added it failed to provide adequate warning of the danger to Omarian Frazier.
Representatives for 7-Eleven did not respond to a request for comment. The attorneys representing Jeff and Omari Frazier did not immediately return a request for comment.
The lawsuit says the store and the retail company knew or should have known: dangerous individuals may come to the property due to inadequate supervision, monitoring and patrolling; the store premises or immediate vicinity was the scene of numerous violent crimes and habitual criminal acts; and those crimes at or near the stores gave them notice to exercise care in implementing security procedures and personnel to reduce the likelihood of such crimes.
The lawsuit also says the store maintained “inadequate staffing, training and security personnel on the property at the time of the shooting.” Doing so, it said, would have reasonably deterred or prevented Omarian Frazier’s death.