Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? 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, Feb 6, 2024 at an Indianapolis, IN apartment complex leaving one woman dead and two others injured.
As reported by WISHtv.com, “Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called shortly before 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to a person shot to the 5200 block of East 32nd Street.”
Fox59.com is reporting, “[u]pon arrival to the area, an apartment complex on the city’s east side, IMPD said officers located two adult females and an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. IMPD said that all three victims were taken to a local hospital in serious condition.”
According to the report, “[o]ne of the victim died shortly after that. The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified her as 18-year-old Lashelle Rene Hewlett.”
IndyStar.com is reporting, “[i]t’s the third fatal shooting that’s occurred at the apartment complex in the past six months.”
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 Lashelle Rene Hewlett may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 family of Lashelle Rene Hewlett and any injured victims 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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