Could this Birmingham apartment shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Elizabeth Peterson’s family?
64-year-old Elizabeth Peterson, better known to her friends as Liz Sutherland, was shot and killed outside of her Birmingham apartment Saturday night, December 15, 2018.
According to AL.com, gunfire erupted “about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2100 block of 17th Avenue South.”
Police told WHNT 19, witnesses “heard shouting and gunfire as [Ms.] Peterson got out of her vehicle at her apartment.” Tragically, she succumbed to fatal injuries.
Friends told media Ms. Peterson “worked at Children’s of Alabama and was going to graduate school to get a degree in social work.” Police are apparently still searching for her killer.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises, and the Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided.
- AL.com reports indicate Ms. Peterson only moved into the complex two weeks prior to the shooting. Have there been prior incidents of violence on property and, if so, was Ms. Peterson made aware at the time she signed her lease?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, tenant background checks, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Peterson at the time of the shooting?
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, Ms. Peterson’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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