Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death and injuries at a Fort Wayne apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A woman bystander was shot and killed and multiple others were injured at a Fort Wayne, Indiana apartment complex early Saturday morning, May 22, 2021.
As reported by WGNtv.com, “[p]olice and medics were called at 12:41 a. m. to [the apartments] in the 1300 block of Greene Street on reports of multiple gunshots. When officers arrived on scene, gunfire was still ongoing.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers began checking apartments in the area that appeared to have been struck by gunfire. A total of five victims were located in multiple apartments and transported to area hospitals. One person died at the hospital. Another is in life threatening condition, and three have non-life threatening injuries. All the people shot are believed to have been in their apartments and were struck by stray bullets.”
WANE.com is reporting, the woman who lost her life was identified as “29-year-old Candiace M. Lay of Fort Wayne.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this home invasion and shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shootings?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the family of Candiace M. Lay may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the family of Candiace M. Lay and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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