Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot at Columbia Apartment Pool Party
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this teenage victim? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the young victim’s family may have a claim for compensation.
A 16-year-old was reportedly shot and injured during a late night pool party at the St. Andrews Commons apartment complex in Columbia Friday, June 3, 2016.
According to WIS 5 News, police responded to “the St. Andrews Commons Apartments at about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a fight at a party in the pool area.” The State reports, responding officers “discovered a fight in progress at the pool area and multiple gunshots had been fired near the front of the complex.”
A teenage victim was reportedly transported from the scene to Palmetto Health Richland with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive.
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 this unconscionable attack may have been prevented.
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property? Was apartment security and management aware of a pool party and, if so, was a guest screening process implemented? What security measures, such as gated entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex aware of any prior incidents of violence on or near property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
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 young victim, or possibly the victim’s family, may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for 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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