KWOK DANIEL LTD LLP represents the family of Cristhian Eduardo Cardozo, a 35 year old father of two (he had a 15 year old son and a 9 year old daughter 9) who was tragically shot and killed while defending his family at the front door of Wal-Mart in Stafford, Texas, 11210 West Airport Blvd. On December 10, 2014, Mr. Cardozo’s wife, son, and daughter were shopping inside the Wal-Mart when three men began harassing them. This resulted in the men threatening the family, who called Mr. Cardozo, who was in the car, for help. Mr. Cardozo entered the Wal-Mart and escorted his family outside. However, they were met at the Wal-Mart front door by the same men and others, who began physically assaulting the Cardozo family in plain view of many witnesses. As Mr. Cardozo and his 15 year old son tried to defend themselves, one man pulled a gun and shot at Mr. Cardozo four (4) times, striking him at least twice, all in front of his wife and children. Mr. Cardozo was rushed to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The alleged shooter, 19 year old Antonio De La Cruz, fled the scene but later turned himself in to police.
This Wal-Mart has a history of criminal activity, some violent and has yet to provide adequate security or take proper security precautions to protect their customers. Says Kwok, “what’s troubling is this could have happened to anyone shopping at Wal-Mart, this family was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A police presence probably would have prevented this senseless shooting. It is reasonable for a place of business to post additional security at locations with potential for criminal activity – this serves as both a deterrent and a help when customers are faced with criminal danger.”
Kwok Daniel just filed a negligence lawsuit and temporary restraining order to preserve material evidence in Fort Bend County. On, Thursday, December 18th, we appeared before Associate Judge Hawkins in Fort Bend County and reached an agreement with Wal-Mart’s counsel to preserve critical video evidence. However, we learned from Wal-Mart’s counsel that of the 176 video cameras at the Stafford Walmart, the video camera at the front door where this shooting occurred was “inoperable”. Says Kwok, “This seems to be Wal-Mart’s ongoing practice when incidents occur at their stores – video is not available or just disappears. At least we have brought this to the Court’s attention and have an order from the Judge to preserve evidence. This is why we file lawsuits quickly for our clients – to protect and preserve key evidence that the jury will most certainly want to see at trial.”