Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Wharton apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
An innocent child was injured after a shooting at a Wharton, TX apartment complex Sunday morning, June 26, 2022.
As reported by ABC13.com, “[o]fficers responded to the shooting at the Riverbend Apartments at 2500 Junior College Blvd. Upon arrival, officers said they found the boy with a gunshot wound in his back. He was taken to a hospital in Houston by Life Flight.”
KHOU.com is reporting, “[a]nother 911 call alerted police to a nearby emergency room where an 18-year-old man had been shot in the chest.”
According to the report, “[p]olice said they think the 18-year-old victim got in a fight with unknown suspects and the child was an ‘unintended victim of that gunfire exchange.'”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the complex 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 victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex 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 complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $125 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.
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