Could this Orangeburg apartment shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the young victim?
Security measures are in question after an Orangeburg apartment shooting left a child injured Sunday afternoon, November 25, 2018.
Police told News 2, “a man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a child while firing multiple gunshots” outside the “Roosevelt Gardens” apartment complex.
“We had been there just days before for crime suppression,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell told The Times and Democrat. “We had kids come out because we were there. They won’t come out to play because these guys come and are shooting.”
The police crime suppression effort was apparently “in response to residents’ complaints of shots being fired, gang and drug activity, loitering and break-ins.” While the ongoing police efforts to curb violence on property are critical, these incidents raise grave questions over what apartment complex management is doing to protect the families who live there.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this unconscionable shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, tenant background checks, and security patrols, were implemented by the apartment complex owner and management following media reports of prior criminal activity on property?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for 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’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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