Security Negligence? Our Legal Take: Man Shot, Robbed at Sterling Point Apartments
Police are reportedly searching for suspects in the robbery-shooting of a man outside the Sterling Point Apartments in Houston Tuesday night, January 5, 2016.
According to KHOU News, a “male resident” of the “Sterling Point Apartments” was approached by two armed assailants in the complex parking lot, around 10:30pm. The suspects apparently “robbed [the victim] of his cell phone” and “shot him…in the abdomen” before fleeing the scene. The victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in serious condition, per media reports.
Police are still searching for the two gunmen.
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 assailants gain entry to the property? What security measures and access-controls, 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 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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