Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Man Shot Outside Houston Apartment

(KHOU News)

(KHOU News)

Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Man Shot Outside Houston Apartment

Local News

A man was reportedly shot and killed during what authorities believe to be a robbery outside the Royal Oaks Apartments Friday night, November 6, 2015.

According to KHOU News, “residents at the Royal Oaks apartment complex located in the 6200 block of Marinette Drive near Bellerive Drive reported hearing a single gunshot around 9 p.m. Friday. They found a man lying on the sidewalk and saw another man run from the scene.”

Houston Police are still searching for the gunman and “believe robbery may be the motive behind the shooting.”

Our Legal Take

Apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to apartment complex residents and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting to protect residents?
  • Have there been previous incidents of crime on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment owner and management to deter future violence?

Generally, apartment 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 the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the family 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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