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After Widow’s Wrongful Death Suit, Mall Manager Says Safety Paramount

'There is no higher priority at the Mall at Short Hills than safety,' says general manager of The Mall at Short Hills.

Jamie Schare Friedland and Dustin Friedland
Jamie Schare Friedland and Dustin Friedland

The manager of the mall where a Hoboken man was shot dead during a carjacking last year defended mall security Tuesday after the victim’s widow filed a lawsuit last week.

Michael McAvinue, the mall’s general manager, gave his condolences to the family of shooting victim Dustin Friedland and promised to work with law enforcement officials to seek justice.

“There is no higher priority at The Mall at Short Hills than safety,” McAvinue said in a statement Tuesday. “That is why we deploy a professional security force onsite and retain off-duty Millburn Police officers to augment the on-duty Millburn Police presence assigned to the mall throughout the year, including the evening of December 15, 2013.”

The manager’s statement comes four days after Friedland’s widow filed a wrongful death suit for an undisclosed amount of money against the mall’s owners, its security company and the Millburn First Aid Squad.

Jamie Schare Friedland filed the suit for the death of her husband, Dustin Friedland, a Toms River native who was gunned down when the couple returned to their Range Rover at about 9 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2013.

The lawsuit alleges that the mall's owners should have known the upscale mall was a prime target for carjackings and should have taken appropriate precautions.

ACE March 19, 2014 at 08:14 PM
The trappings of exclusivity at the Short Hills Mall provide a false sense of being insulated and safe. The reality is - that is an illusion. There are spotty security patrols. A gravely injured young man waited for 20 minutes for help to arrive. That is a really long time, when minutes make the difference between life and death. The ambulance couldn't make it into the parking garage because the ceilings were too low. Aren't there standards for emergency vehicle access? You would assume so, but maybe not. The widow is right to sue. Attention should be drawn to what happened there.
Kevin March 19, 2014 at 09:48 PM
There is valet parking at short hills. And security guards.
Kevin March 19, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Hey julles, you left out about 65% of the words of the amendment. As for your 'fact', well http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/04/03/1811311/study-states-with-loose-gun-laws-have-higher-rates-of-gun-violence/ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/07/gun-violence-study-chicago/1969227/ http://m.livescience.com/27740-gun-laws-deaths-study.html
Kevin March 19, 2014 at 09:55 PM
PS. I'm not anti gun. I'm just smart enough to think for myself. I shop at short hills mall. Their security is adequate. Placing blame on the mall is absurd.
Macko D April 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM
David - best thought of all. If the man had been carrying, he would have had the best chance to defend himself vs. depending on others to do it for him.

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