Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Fort Wayne apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire erupted at a Fort Wayne, Indiana apartment complex early Thursday morning, May 27, 2019, leaving one woman dead. According to WPTA21.com, “[o]fficers responded to a call for an armed robbery around 1:15 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Buchanan St….at the Chapel Oaks Apartment complex.” When officers arrived they found “a woman who had been shot in the pavilion behind the leasing office.” FortWaynesNBC.com is reporting, “[a] young mother, 20-year-old Arrianna Lee Henderson, died as a result of the shooting.” The suspect has surrendered to the police according to JournalGazette.net.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Henderson and others at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- How was the suspect able to gain access to the property?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Arrianna Lee Henderson may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, 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. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Ms. Henderson’s family and any surviving victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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