Security Failure? Southpark Apartments Shooting in Columbus, OH Leaves Teen Boy Critically Injured.

Southpark Apartments Shooting in Columbus, OH Leaves Teen Boy Critically Injured.

Southpark Apartments Shooting in Columbus, OH Leaves Teen Boy Critically Injured. (

Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Columbus apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.


 A teen boy was injured after a shooting at a Columbus, OH apartment complex Wednesday night, June 7, 2023.  

As reported by, “the shooting was reported at approximately 10:32 p.m. on the 700 block of Canonby Place. Officers arrived after the boy was taken to Children’s Hospital by the parents. He is reported to be in stable condition and underwent surgery just after midnight Thursday.” is reporting, “Southpark Apartments, a 356-unit complex, is one of the largest affordable housing developments in Columbus with many small children and families living there.”

According to the report, “[i]n the past 10 days, there have been three shootings that injured five people. The first happened on May 29, when Columbus police said a 14-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire between two groups. On June 3, three women were shot as they attended a vigil early in the morning. Officers with the Columbus Division of Police arrested Sagittarius Lamar in connection to the shooting. Then, on Wednesday night, a 13-year-old boy was shot.”

Security concerns date back years, per the report, “[b]etween Aug. 1, 2021 and July 21, 2022, Columbus police responded to the premises more than 800 times.”

The investigation is ongoing.



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Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented.  The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:

  • Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
  • Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
  • Were any security personnel at the property?
  • Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
  • What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting? 
  • Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?

Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises.  Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his injuries.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed.  The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interest.


The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:

  • A $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.
  • Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a victim of gun violence at an apartment complex.
  • Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a family who lost a loved one to gun violence at a commercial property.

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