Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Mother Shot at Harvey Apartments
A 19-year-old mother of two was reportedly shot and injured at the St. Germaine Apartments in Harvey Saturday evening, January 9, 2016.
According to The Times-Picayune, the victim was struck by a bullet when she stepped outside her Manhattan Boulevard apartment to smoke a cigarette, shortly before 8:00pm. “Witnesses living in the St. Germaine Apartments…said they heard a single gunshot and screams within the complex around [that time].” The woman was reportedly transported to the hospital in critical condition to undergo surgery. Her current condition has not been released, and police have apprently not yet identified a suspect.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartment complexes 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 gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous reports of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner or management to deter such crime?
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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for her injuries.
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. 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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