Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Fort Worth apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire erupted at a Fort Worth, Texas apartment complex early Sunday morning, May 26, 2019, leaving one teen boy dead and one teen boy injured. According to DallasNews.com, “[a] caller told 911 dispatchers that a shirtless man had approached them around 1:15 a.m., saying he’d been shot seven times.” When Fort Worth police arrived at “the Butler Place apartments on Waters Street…they found one person dead in the courtyard and another person injured.” The news story reports “Robert Earl Boozer, Jr., of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead at the scene…[t]he injured person, whom police did not identify, was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.” According to NBCdfw.com, “Butler Place is a large public housing complex just east of downtown that is in the process of being closed by Fort Worth Housing Solutions, the public housing authority.”
No suspects have been identified according to the media reports.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- Is the complex being shut down due to safety issues?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Robert Earl Boozer, Jr. may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, any other victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.
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 Mr. Boozer’s family and any surviving victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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