Charlotte, North Carolina – February 9 , 2019
Did negligent security contribute to the death of Na-Zea Scott at a Charlotte apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire erupted early Saturday morning and “[a] 23-year-old man was found shot to death…outside a southeast Charlotte apartment complex,” according to WSOCtv.com. Officers responded “to a call for service around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and discovered Na-Zea Scott, 23, at the scene where he was declared deceased from an apparent gunshot wound,” reports WBTV.com. According to WSOCtv.com, neighbors said “they heard a gunshot, followed moments later by someone yelling for an ambulance.”
A suspect has yet to be identified.
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.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on property?
- If prior incidents of violence exist, did the property owners do anything to address past incidents?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Scott at the time of the shooting?
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, Mr. Scott’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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. Scott’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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