Was Security Sufficient? Our Legal Take: Man Shot Outside Houston Apartment
A man in his early 30s was reportedly shot and injured outside the Rockridge Station Apartments Thursday night, August 20, 2015.
According to KHOU News, the victim was walking from his car, in the Rockridge Station Apartments parking lot, between two apartment buildings when neighbors heard a gunshot. A resident reportedly saw “the victim staggering towards the main office yelling for help before he collapsed on the sidewalk.” The victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in “serious but stable condition.”
Police have apparently not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
Recent crime reports reveal previous incidents of theft, robbery and assault in the community surrounding the apartment complex. As police continue to search for suspects, and in light of the prior reported criminal activity in the area, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potential apartment security lapse may hold some responsibility in this shooting.
How did the gunman gain entry to the apartment complex? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place and working at the time of the shooting
- How many prior incidents of violence have occurred on or near the property?
- What security precautions, if any, have been implemented by the Rockridge Station apartment complex owner and management to protect residents and guests?
Generally, the law requires apartment owners and managers 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 victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries. Under such a claim, the victim may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim 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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