Columbia, SC – February 7 , 2019
Did negligent security contribute to the victims death at a Columbia apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victims families?
Gunfire erupted Thursday morning and “[t]wo men were killed in a shooting at an apartment complex in northeast Columbia,” according to TheState.com. “Two males were found dead in building 14 at Willow Run Apartments on Alcott Drive shortly after 9 a.m….[t]heir identities have not yet been released,” according to WisTV.com.
Media reports indicate that this Columbia apartment complex may have been the location of additional shooting investigations. Specifically, WisTV.com reported on incidents at this apartment complex in July 2008 and November 2011.
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?
- If prior incidents of violence exist, what did the property owners do after the incident to address that situation?
- 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 victims 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 victims families may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for the victims 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 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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