Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Teen Killed in Las Vegas Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the death of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A shooting outside the Alterra Apartments reportedly claimed the life of 17-year-old Robert Joseph Bustos II Monday evening, July 11, 2016.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, “Robert Joseph Bustos II, 17, was shot twice just within the front gates of Alterra Apartments, 2701 N. Decatur Blvd., near Rancho Drive, about 6:30 p.m.” A neighbor heard “arguing right before the gunshots,” according to 13 Action News. “Two men were trying to convince the third to get out of his car.” Police are apparently still searching for the suspects and a motive in the attack.
Over one hundred family and friends gathered Tuesday night to remember the “peaceful, bright-eyed” Spring Valley High School student, who “was preparing to start his senior year,” per 13 Action News reports.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the assailants gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents and guests at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
Generally, property 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 Robert Bustos, Jr. 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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