Did negligent security contribute to the shooting deaths at a Richmond apartment building and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Two men are dead after a shooting at a Richmond, Virginia apartment complex early Tuesday morning, February 25, 2020.
As reported by WTVR.com, “[a]round 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, police responded to a call for random gunfire and a person down in the 1500 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers arrived on scene and found two men down and unresponsive in a parking lot of an apartment building. They had each suffered an apparent gunshot wound and were pronounced dead at the scene.”
WRIC.com is reporting, “[t]he two shooting victims were identified as Letron A. Franklin, 26, of Henrico and James M. Winston, 66, of the 1500 block of Columbia Street in Richmond.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment buildings have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment building 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 there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment building aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the 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 building owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the families of Letron A. Franklin and James M. Winston may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 families of Letron A. Franklin and James M. Winston retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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