Could the tragic loss of this Woodstock father have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Gordon’s family?
Security measures are under scrutiny after Thomas Gordon, known to family and friends as Tony Gordon, was shot and killed outside a Woodstock apartment complex Saturday, December 22, 2018.
According to News 4 JAX, the fatal shooting occurred “at the Huron-Sophia Apartments in the Woodstock neighborhood” in west Jacksonville. Family members told media Mr. Gordon was “shot while walking a puppy he planned to give his 7-year-old son for Christmas.”
“[Mr.] Gordon’s death is one of a string of shooting incidents in the last six days,
First Coast News reports, “all six in less than a one mile radius of the Lackawanna and Woodstock communities.” During a Wednesday vigil, family and friends called for justice and end to violence.
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 on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the shooter gain entry to the complex?
- What additional security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, visible surveillance cameras, tenant background checks, bright lighting, and security patrols, were implemented by the apartment complex owner following media reports of increased gun violence in the surrounding area?
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 or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Mr. Gordon’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims 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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