Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a McKees Rocks apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at a McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania apartment complex Wednesday night, August 21, 2019, leaving one teen girl and another man injured.
As reported by WPXI.com, the shooting “happened near building 16 of the Hays Manor housing complex on Bell Avenue.”
TribLive.com is reporting, “[a] 23-year-old man was riding his bike and 16-year-old girl was walking down the street when an unknown man started shooting at them.”
Police believe the man was a target and the girl was an innocent bystander, according to the report.
The girl was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
According to TribLive.com, this incident “was the second shooting near that apartment complex this week and the fourth this summer.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on property prior to the shooting?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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