Fatal Security Lapse? 1 Killed in Memphis Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to this tragic loss of life? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claim for compensation.
A shooting outside the Whitehaven View apartments in Memphis reportedly claimed the life of 33-year-old Sam Johnathan Rolack Saturday, October 15, 2016.
According to WREG News 3, police discovered Mr. Rolack suffering from fatal gunshot wounds in the courtyard of the “Whitehaven View” apartment complex. Mr. Rolack’s car was apparently still running in the parking lot. As police continue to search for suspects and witnesses, family and friends of Mr. Rolack want to know “when the killing is going to stop.”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime at the time of the shooting?
- October crime reports, from Spotcrime.com, reveal a number of assaults and robberies in the surrounding area. Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to protect residents?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Sam Johnathan Rolack may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
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’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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