Could this violent Atascocita apartment home invasion have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the young victim?
A 17-year-old boy was shot and injured “during a home invasion…at the Eagle Crest apartment complex near Astascocita Road and Timber Forest” Monday night, October 29, 2018, according to KPRC 2.
Police told The Houston Chronicle, “[a]t least one man brandishing a gun barged into the home” and “shot the male resident in the abdomen.” He was transported to Houston Northwest Hospital with injuries.
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 on the property and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- How did the assailant gain entry to the complex?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
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 or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
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 the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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