Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: Man Shot in Richland Terrace Apartment Mugging

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Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: Man Shot in Richland Terrace Apartment Mugging

Local News

A man was reportedly shot and injured outside the Richland Terrace Apartments in Columbia Saturday night, August 1, 2015.

According to News 10, the victim was standing outside the Richland Terrace Apartments off Metze Road, around 8:30pm, when an armed assailant approached him and demanded money. The suspect apparently opened fire when the victim said he didn’t have any money. The victim was transported to the hospital with injuries. His current condition has not been released, and police have not yet identified a suspect.

Our Legal Take

According to, another shooting occurred at the apartment complex in late May of this year.  As police continue to search for suspects, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a pattern of violent crime suggests that a potential apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this shooting.

  • How did the gunman gain entry to the apartment complex? What access-controls and parking lot security measures, such as gated-entry, security patrols, surveillance cameras, and bright lighting, were in place and working at the time of the shooting
  • What is the extent of previous incidents of violence on or near the property and what security precautions were implemented by the Richland Terrace owner and management to protect residents and deter future crime?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries. Under such a claim, the injured victim may be entitled to substantial compensation.

Given the complexities of pursuing such a potential 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 through, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of violence and apartment security negligence.  We offer our legal assistance, if desired.  We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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