Could this shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Security measures are under scrutiny following a shooting at a Greenwood, South Carolina apartment complex Tuesday evening, February 12, 2019.
According to WSPA.com, “deputies responded to a call about a woman being shot at Wisewood Apartments, which is located off of Florida Avenue, at about 6:30 p.m.” The news agency indicates that “people were reportedly standing in the parking lot of [the] complex when two unknown men–one wearing a dark hoodie and the other wearing a light hoodie–walked up and tried to rob them.” According to FoxCarolina.com, “when the suspects realized there was nothing to take, they started to walk away, only for one of the suspects to turn and shoot a single shot.” That shot hit a woman “in the side of her abdomen” according to the news outlet.
FoxCarolina.com reports “[w]arrants were obtained against [1 suspect] for attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.”
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 tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, visible surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- How did the suspects gain entry 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 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 her 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.
We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence at apartment complexes. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. 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.
DISCLAIMERS: The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request. The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case. “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.