Sufficient Security? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot Playing Basketball at Hoover Road Apartments
Durham police are investigating a “drive-by shooting,” which injured a young teen “at the Hoover Road Apartments” Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
According to WRAL News, “the teen was playing basketball and was trying to take cover when the shooting started.” The young victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. His current condition and identity have not been released.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartments have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents and guests of the apartment complex, and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
How did the vehicle and gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Recent crime reports reveal criminal activity in the surrounding area, including multiple assaults and burglaries. Was the complex owner or management aware of this crime and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the young victim and his family may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment security negligence claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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