Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Columbus apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Three people were injured after a shooting at a Columbus, Ohio apartment complex early Wednesday morning, August 18, 2021.
As reported by 10tv.com, “The three [victims] were attending a vigil at an apartment building in the 800 block of Greenfield Drive when the shooting took place shortly before 12:15 a.m.”
According to the report, “officers learned the vigil was being held for a friend who had been killed at the apartments the previous evening.”
NBC4i.com is reporting, “[t]he victims included a 12-year-old boy, a 17-year-old male, and a 21-year-old male. Two of the victims were shot in the abdomen and were transported to an area hospital by a friend. They have been stabilized. The third victim was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the knee.”
A suspect was taken into custody.
The investigation is ongoing.
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 apartment 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:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
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 apartment 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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