On April 13, 2023, Cohen Milstein filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit against Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc. (Securitas) for its role in the deadly mass shooting that occurred on April 15, 2021 at the FedEx Ground Package facility on Mirabel Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. Securitas provided security guard services to the FedEx Ground facility.
The tragic mass shooting was carried out by a former employee of FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., who had worked at the same facility. Thirteen people were shot during the attack. Eight died. At least five other people were injured.
Specifically, Plaintiffs bring this action against Securitas for failing to exercise ordinary care in carrying out its duties on and prior to April 15, 2021. Plaintiffs allege that Securitas’s negligence or gross negligence was the direct and proximate cause of the severe injuries sustained by Harpreet Singh and Lakwinder Kaur and death of Jaswinder Singh.
The Plaintiffs include Gurinder Singh Bains, surviving son and Personal Representative of the Estate of Jaswinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and his wife Dilpreet Kaur, and Lakhwinder Kaur.
Securitas, one of the world’s largest providers of security services, was aware that active shooter events are one of the leading physical security threats to businesses in the United States. Active shooter events have become a common cause of occupational fatalities in recent years, and Securitas had a duty to adequately prepare for and provide security to minimize client exposure to these threats.
At or about 11:00 p.m. on April 15, 2021 the Shooter, a former FedEx Ground employee, drove into the parking area adjacent to the FedEx Ground, Mirabel Road facility, parked his vehicle, and walked to the entrance of the facility where he met with Securitas security guards. The Shooter created a disruption by banging on a door, at which point the Securitas security guards denied him entrance into the facility beyond the ‘gateway’ area.
After being denied access, the Shooter announced he was going to go to his car to retrieve his FedEx ID badge to gain entrance beyond the gateway area.
Approximately four minutes later, the Shooter exited his vehicle armed with an automatic or semi-automatic rifle and began randomly firing at individuals in the parking area, shooting several people before he proceeded to the facility entrance where he continued shooting.
The Shooter then left the facility, walked back into the parking area where he continued his shooting rampage. He then re-entered the building a second time, walked into an employee locker room and shot himself.
In total, the Shooter killed eight FedEx Ground employees and injured at least five others before he committed suicide.
Case name: Bains, et al. v. Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc., Case No. 1:23-cv-00637-MPB-MJD, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana