Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Lynchburg apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Four people were injured after a shooting at a Lynchburg, VA apartment complex Wednesday night, Jan 18, 2023.
As reported by WSET.com, “[t]he shooting happened just before 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Old Forest Road at the Timbers Apartments. According to initial investigation, police say the two groups opened fire in a parking lot at the apartments.”
WDBJ7.com is reporting, “[o]ne man and one woman left the scene of the shooting in a vehicle, later calling 9-1-1 from the 2800 block of Linkhorne Dr. Both people had sustained gunshot wounds from the Timbers Apartments scene and were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.”
According to the report, “[t]wo other men had also sustained gunshot wounds and were still at the scene of the shooting when police got there. The two men were taken by the Lynchburg Fire Department to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.”
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interest.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:
- A $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.
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