Did negligent security contribute to the shooting injury of a 14-year-old boy at a Westfield apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire erupted at a Westfield apartment complex early Thursday evening, January 31, 2019, injuring a young 14-year-old boy. Per wishtv.com, the Westfield Police Department indicates “that the shooting was reported about 5:30 p.m….in the 1200 block of Scarlet Street….in the Casey Acres Apartments complex just off Ditch Road north of State Road 32.” According to Fox59, authorities suggest that the young “victim was found lying on the ground before being transported to an Indianapolis hospital.” The news organization further reports that “[t]he victim is in stable condition” and that “a 13-year-old boy had been arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and possession of a handgun without a license.”
In an interview obtained by wishtv.com, a resident in the complex stated that “there have been issues surrounding crime [at the property and that]…people have tried to jump [her son] after he gets off the school bus.”
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 at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on property?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
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 failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
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 retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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