Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Shooting at Charlotte Apartment Pool Party
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this young woman? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a claim for compensation.
25-year-old Shakaria Renise Clinton was reportedly shot during a pool party at The Piedmont at Ivy Meadow apartment complex in northeast Charlotte Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
According to The Charlotte Observer, “The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. on the 1600 block of Ivy Meadow Drive, near the pool of The Piedmont at Ivy Meadow apartment complex.” Media reports indicate “an argument between two women at a pool party” apparently erupted into gunfire. Fox 46 News, reporting on the same incident, suggested that the victim had suffered a “gunshot wound to [the] neck” during the assault. While residents told The Observer that “violence was not the norm for the apartment complex,” recent crime reports reveal several assaults have occurred in the area surrounding the apartment complex.
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 unconscionable attack may have been prevented.
How did the assailant gain entry to the property? Was apartment security and management aware of a pool party and, if so, was a guest screening process implemented? What security measures, such as gated entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex aware of any prior incidents of violence on or near 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, Ms. Clinton may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for her 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 victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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