Sufficient Security? Our Legal Take: Fatal Houston Apartment Shooting
A 33-year-old man was reportedly shot and killed outside the Durham at City View Apartments on Greens Road in Houston Saturday night, October 31, 2015.
According to Click2Houston News, “evidence at the scene determined that [the victim] might have been taking out the trash when an unknown person shot him several times” shortly before 11:00pm “at the Durham at City View Apartments.” Police have apparently not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions whether this tragedy may have been prevented and the level of security provided to those on the premises of the apartment complex.
- How did the reported assailant gain entry to the property? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated entry, fencing, security patrols, bright lighting, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime and protect residents at the time of the shooting?
Generally, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests 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 family of the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the family 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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