Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Our firm represents victims of security failures across the United States, and we have recovered nearly $200 million dollars for our Clients. Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted Tuesday afternoon, Jan 30, 2024 at an Orlando, FL apartment complex leaving one person dead and one other injured.
As reported by WFTV.com, “[police] were called at about 1:15 p.m. to the shooting at [apartments] on Mercy Drive near WD Judge Road. Investigators said they discovered three people with gunshot wounds and they were taken to hospitals.”
According to the report, “one person died, another person is expected to survive and the condition of the third person is unknown.”
ClickOrlando.com is reporting, “[p]olice said they found Kevin Dewayne Hodges, 18, in a breezeway suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead…A second victim was found inside an apartment with a gunshot wound and was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.” According to the report “[p]olice originally reported that there were three shooting victims but on Wednesday, OPD corrected the number to two.”
This apartment complex has had numerous reports of violence in the past. ClickOrlando.com is reporting, “[o]n Sept. 22, Orlando police responded to a shooting at the Jernigan Gardens Apartments that left three people injured and one dead. Police said on Sept. 28, a man was shot and wounded at the same apartment complex. And on Oct. 1, no injuries were reported after after a drive-by shooting at the complex.”
The shooting investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment complex residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Kevin Dewayne Hodges may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim 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 family of Kevin Dewayne Hodges and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
OUR RESULTS: NEARLY $200 MILLION IN VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS FOR OUR CLIENTS
The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained nearly $200 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:
- A $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.
- Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a victim of gun violence at an apartment complex.
- Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a family who lost a loved one to gun violence at a commercial property.
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