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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 Short Hill 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.

Dr.Scott March 19, 2014 at 08:07 AM
They were career criminals w long histories of violent and criminal past beginning as juveniles
Dr.Scott March 19, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Btw a fatal gsw is fatal no matter when u get there. nothing to save not like a heart attack (or now stroke) where early intervention can save the end organ. Gsw destroys the end organ. If tissue damage is great enough to cause death. Doesn't matter when the ambulance gets there
Dr.Scott March 19, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Gotta sue someone right ?!
Dr.Scott March 19, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Must be someone's fault. The homies who did it got no $. The judges who commute their sentences and let them out of jail can't be sued, right? The black leaders who put t pressure on to get all these black men if color out of jail can't be sued right? Tje fathers who were never there can't be found to be sued right? So sue the volunteers whobgivebtjwiebtimebtobhelpnoyjwrs right?
cassandra March 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Why sue the First Aid Squad? A good reporter would have at least one sentence on the alleged charges against the first aid squad.

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