Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Woman Shot in Houston Apartment Parking Lot
Did negligent security contribute to the death of this young woman? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
27-year-old Marissa De’Sha White was reportedly shot and killed in the parking lot of the Crofton Place Apartments Thursday, July 14, 2016.
According to Click2Houston, Ms. White “was killed…following two separate shootings…at the Crofton Place Apartments in the 9500 block of Crofton Street.”
Police were apparently responding to reports of a break-in and shooting at the apartment complex when a second, fatal shooting occurred. Click2Houston reports, “[Ms.] White was shot in the head just before an officer was arriving in response to the first 911 call.” Authorities have indicated that Ms. White “was standing in the parking area separating…two buildings” at the complex. The apartments were apparently the location of a prior shooting in June 2014 according to The Houston Chronicle.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. Given the reported history of gun-violence on property as indicated in the June 2014 Houston Chronicle story, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the suspects gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents and guests 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 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 family of Marissa De’Sha White may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for her wrongful death.
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’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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