Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Charlette apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Chambers’ family?
Gunfire erupted at a Charlotte, North Carolina apartment complex Saturday night, April 6, 2019, leaving one man dead and another injured. According to WSOCtv.com, “[t]he shooting happened just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Timber Ridge Apartments on Barrington Drive near Sharon Amity Road.” When police arrived “they found Derrick Chambers suffering from a gunshot wound inside the apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.” Another victim was found inside the apartment, that victim ” was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” WCNC.com reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police indicate the shooting “was related to a robbery,” while the WSOCtv.com report suggests that “the suspect came through the back door of the apartment.”
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing according to media reports.
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 were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Chambers 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 on 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, Mr. Chambers’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. In addition, any other victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their 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 Mr. Chambers’ family as well as any other 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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