Two women who had children with a man who was fatally shot on Christmas Eve in the Oakwood Center on Monday sued the accused killer, the mall and the store in which the slaying occurred for wrongful death damages.
Bradrika Brown and Latoya Pierre also sued the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as a security company working for the mall, alleging that the shooting that killed 24-year-old James Vaughn could have been prevented if better safety measures had been in place.
Prosecutors allege that Gary Francois, 26, walked into a Foot Locker store on Dec. 24 and fatally shot Vaughn. He fled but was captured nearby. Vaughn is awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge and will spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
Brown alleges in the suit that she was with Vaughn and pregnant with their son when the shooting occurred. Brown gave birth to James Vaughn Jr. in March, but the child died almost immediately.
The suit says Pierre is the mother of Vaughn’s minor daughter. Both Brown and Pierre say they and their children are owed damages from the fatal shooting.
Aside from Francois, Oakwood, Foot Locker and the Sheriff’s Office, defendants include General Growth Management Inc., Allied Barton Security Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and other unknown insurance companies.