Correction: The original version of this story misrepresented what the law firm is doing. The firm is calling on Walmart to halt its renovation of the El Paso store. It has not filed litigation.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A law firm representing victims and family members affected by the shooting supports a temporary restraining order to preserve the crime scene at the El Paso Walmart where a mass shooting took place.
The Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm said in a release that it supports a previously shot-down restraining order to “suspend any demolition work already begun by the retailer to gut the store as part of a renovation and reopening. An independent investigation is needed to review exactly what happened inside the store and analyze how security measures can be improved to prevent future incidents.”
Walmart responded with a statement saying: “We have proceeded thoughtfully and this includes preserving what information we have and working meticulously with federal and local authorities as they documented everything that took place.”
A lawyer representing Jessica and Guillermo “Memo” Garcia filed a lawsuit against Walmart, however, a restraining order to halt construction at the scene of the shooting was denied during a Sept. 6 hearing, according to court records.
Patrick Crusius, 22, allegedly shot and killed 22 people Aug. 3 at the Walmart next to Cielo Vista Mall, police said. Twenty-five people were shot and injured in the shooting.
“Families deserve to understand what happened, and Walmart needs to make this property available to unbiased security experts so we can learn from this terrible tragedy,” said attorney Bryan Fears of Dallas-based Fears Nachawati law firm in the release. “A comprehensive independent investigation can provide important details for Walmart and other retailers about how and where to deploy security measures in the most effective ways.”