SEATTLE -- A federal appeals court panel is asking for the Washington Supreme Court's help in deciding whether a lawsuit over a 2005 shooting at the Tacoma Mall should be revived.
Dominick Maldonado went on an eight-minute shooting rampage during which he injured seven people and took hostages at a music store in the mall. One of the victims, Brendan McKown, sued the mall's owners for negligence in failing to protect the customers.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, and McKown, who was paralyzed, appealed.
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judges said Monday they need help determining to what extent, under Washington state law, the mall's owner owed a duty to protect shoppers there.
They sent three questions to Washington's Supreme Court, and how the high court answers will help guide the 9th Circuit's ruling.