Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: 1 Shot, Injured During Off-Campus Apartment Party
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this young college student? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation.
A 21-year-old Tri-County Tech student was reportedly shot and injured during a large off-campus party at The Cottages of Clemson apartment complex Sunday, August 28, 2016.
According to The Greenville News, “[d]eputies were dispatched to The Cottages of Clemson on Smoke Rise Drive at about midnight after reports of gunfire in the complex.” Gunfire apparently erupted “when a fight broke out between several men, including the victim.” The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and “is expected to survive.”
ABC News 4 reports, police estimate “500 to 1,000 people were at the party, clogging roads and making it tough for deputies to respond.” Per TheTigerNews.com, 2 individuals have been charged in connection with the incident.
“This is the same complex where a Clemson student was killed in 2012,” according to The Greenville News.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether the shooting may have been prevented.
- Was the apartment management or security aware of the massive party on property? Were police called prior to the shooting to assist with the initial dispute and crowd control?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, guest screening, security patrols, bright lighting, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to protect residents and guests?
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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, 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. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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