Security Negligence? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot, Killed at Azalea Pointe Apartments
Did negligent security contribute to the tragic loss of an 18-year-old young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the young man’s family may have a claim for compensation.
Mobile residents are once again calling for an end to community violence after an 18-year-old young man was reportedly shot and killed in the parking lot of the Azalea Pointe Apartments Sunday afternoon, April 24, 2016. Fox 10 News reports that police have identified the victim as Harvey Reed.
According to News 15, the young victim was fatally shot “in the parking lot of the Azalea Pointe Apartments” only days after celebrating his 18th birthday.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting, presumably leaving residents once again concerned for their safety. News 15 reports, “evidence markers over the years are a sight far too familiar at Azalea point,” dubbed a “hot spot for crime” by police.
“It’s not fair to our children who can’t come outside and enjoy on a beautiful day like this,” a local resident told media.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. Given the alleged history of property violence, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the Azalea Pointe apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owner or management, following prior reports of violence, to deter crime and protect residents?
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 complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the young Harvey Reed 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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