Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 2 Injured in East Oak Cliff Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to this apartment shooting? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A shooting outside the St James Manor apartment complex reportedly left two people injured Monday night, August 8, 2016.
According to The Dallas Morning News, police “responded to the parking lot of St James Manor Apartments, 3119 Easter Avenue, about 11:30 p.m. They found one person on the ground with a gunshot wound. He told police that he was at the complex when a vehicle drove by and someone in it started firing shots.” A second victim was reportedly “struck by shrapnel from a bullet hitting the ground and ricocheting.” The current conditions of the two victims have not been released.
Police are apparently still searching for suspects, who may have fled the scene in a blue Ford Focus.
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 and vehicle gain entry to the complex? What parking lot security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place and working to protect residents and guests at the time of the shooting?
- August 2016 crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal several assaults and robberies in the surrounding area. Was the apartment complex owner or management aware of prior crime on or near property? If so, were any additional security measures implemented 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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