Security Failure? Our Legal Take: 2 Teens Injured in Phoenix Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the double shooting of these teenagers? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
Two teens were reportedly shot and injured outside a Phoenix apartment complex Saturday night, June 25, 2016.
According to AZ Central, a 17-year-old female an 18-year-old male “were shot outside a Phoenix apartment complex near 48th Street and Baseline Road Saturday night after an argument.” Both victims were transported to the hospital with injuries and “are expected to survive.”
Neighbors reportedly told media they heard “numerous shots fired,” around 8:15 p.m. Police have apparently not yet identified a suspect or motive in the violent assault.
Gun-violence has apparently become all too common at apartment complexes in the surrounding area. Fox 10 News reports an apartment shooting occurred “near Kyrene and Baseline Roads” in May 2016 and ABC 15 News reports an apartment shooting occurred at “44th and Baseline Road” in December 2015.
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 shooting may have been prevented.
How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents and guests at the time of the shooting?
- July 2016 crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of assaults and burglaries in the surrounding area. 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 victims may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for their 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 victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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