Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: Father Killed in Dallas Apartment Shooting
A 28-year-old young man was reportedly shot and killed outside a Dallas apartment complex Monday night, November 2, 2015.
According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth News, the victim “was shot during an altercation in the parking lot of the apartments in the 1600 block of John West Road just before 11:30 p.m.” Police have apparently not yet identified a suspect or motive in the tragic shooting.
One resident of the apartment complex, identified by the Dallas Morning News as the Highland Bluffs Apartments, said that violent activity is not unusual at the property. “I feel bad, but it was destined to happen,” said the Highland Bluffs resident. “There are fights here every weekend. Every weekend. We’ve tried to tell the managers, but they don’t care.”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to apartment complex residents and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting to protect residents?
- Have there been previous incidents of crime on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment owner and management to deter future violence?
Generally, apartment 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 family of the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the family 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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