Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Fatal Antioch Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the fatal shooting of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a claim for compensation.
21-year-old Johnny Broadnax, Jr. was reportedly killed during a shooting outside the Hickory Manor Apartments Saturday, May 14, 2016.
WKRN News reports, the fatal shooting occurred “at the Hickory Manor Apartments on Hamilton Church Road at 11:45 p.m. Saturday.” Mr. Broadnax was apparently shot in the chest while attempting to flee his attacker in his SUV. His vehicle crashed into one of the apartment buildings, per media reports.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting. News reports from KLTV.com and CBS46.com suggest there has been prior gun-related crime at this property.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. Given the news reports of prior gun-related activity at this property, 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? What security measures, such as gated entry, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Following any prior incidents of violence on or near property, were any additional security precautions implemented by the property owner 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 family of Mr. Broadnax may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
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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