Fatal Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Mother-To-Be Killed in Panorama East Apartment Shooting
A 16-year-old mother-to-be was reportedly shot and killed during a robbery “at Panorama East Apartments” in Birmingham Friday morning, January 8, 2016.
According to AL News, the young victim “along with her boyfriend were sitting in their car eating pizza when an unknown black male approached them and demanded money. [She] was shot in the course of the robbery.”
Birmingham Police have not yet identified the gunman and Chief A.C. Roper is reportedly asking for the “community’s help in putting this cold blooded killer behind bars.”
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartments have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents and guests of the Panorama East apartment complex, and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, 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 precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner and management to deter crime?
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 the young victim and her unborn child may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for their wrongful deaths.
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. 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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