Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Fatal Landings at Carver Park Apartment Shooting
Gunfire outside the Landings at Carver Park apartment complex reportedly claimed the life of 24-year-old Gino Nicolas and injured several others Sunday, April 17, 2016.
The Orlando Sentinel reports, “A group of people were gathered outside a building in the Landings at Carver Park apartment complex around 9:30 p.m. when gunfire erupted,” striking a number people in the crowd. “A vehicle drove by and occupants inside the vehicle began to fire multiple handguns from the vehicle,” Police Spokeswoman, Sgt. Wanda Miglio told media.
Per media reports, 24-year-old Cordarius Williams, 23-year-old Daquan Lundy, 23-year-old Ricky Harrison, and 22-year-old Wendell Edwards Jr. all suffered injuries in the incident. Police are still searching for suspects and a motive.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartment complexes 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 tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the gunmen and vehicle gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owners or management to deter crime and protect residents?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the complex owners or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Mr. Nicolas may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other victims of this attack may also elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.
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. Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims, 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.
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