Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Forum Park Apartment Shooting, Houston
A man was reportedly shot and killed in the parking lot of a Forum Park apartment complex Tuesday evening, February 9, 2016.
According to KHOU News, the victim was eating food in a vehicle at his friend’s apartment complex “in the 1000 block of Forum Park Drive” when he was approached by an armed assailant. The suspect apparently opened fire before fleeing the scene in a white sedan. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to fatal injuries.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the assault, presumably leaving local residents concerned for their safety. Per media reports, apartment shootings occurred in the Forum Park area in September 2015, July 2013 and July 2012.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. Given the history of apartment violence in the area, 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 assailant gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Given the prior reported crime in the area, have any additional security precautions been implemented by the apartment complex owner or management to protect guests and 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 apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
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. Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment 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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