Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Man Injured in Apartment Shooting, East Ridge
A 60-year-old man was reportedly “shot twice outside [during an attempted robbery at] the Bimini Apartments in East Ridge on Monday morning,” December 7, 2015.
According to The Chattanoogan, the victim was leaving his Bimini Place apartment for work, around 6:00am, when a masked assailant approached and opened fire. The victim was apparently able to escape inside his apartment where his wife called police. He was transported to Erlanger Hospital with gunshot wounds to his hand and lower abdomen.
Captain Tim Mullinax of the East Ridge Police apparently told News 9 the gunman “ran down the street after the attempted robbery and shooting.” Police are still searching for a suspect.
Our Legal Take
Apartment complex residents have a right to feel safe and secure within their community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents and guests of the subject apartment complex, and whether this horrific assault may have been prevented.
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property? What security measures and access-controls, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of crime on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner and management company to deter violence?
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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his 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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