Fatal Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 2 Shot in Suffolk Apartment Robbery
A fatal East Washington Street apartment robbery-shooting reportedly claimed the life of 23-year-old Aaron Hunter and left another victim injured Friday night, March 11, 2016.
According to The Virginian Pilot, the apartment robbery occurred “in the 2500 block of East Washington Street at about 9:20pm.” A gunman apparently opened fire “during [the] robbery,” fatally striking the young man and injuring a second victim.
Police have not identified a suspect.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the East Washington Street apartment complex, and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security measures implemented by the apartment owner or management company to protect residents and deter future crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents 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 Mr. Hunter may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other victim of this horrific attack may also elect to pursue a legal claim for injuries.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment security negligence claims, 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.
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