Could the shooting death at a Houston apartment complex have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at a Houston, TX apartment complex Thursday evening, February 3, 2022, leaving one child dead.
As reported by NBCDFW.com, police are “investigating the death of a child who was fatally shot in the parking lot of his Houston-area apartment complex.”
According to the report, the child was “walking from his apartment to his family’s car to get something when several shots were fired.”
ABC13.com is reporting, “[d]eputies…responded to the shooting scene at about 7:40 p.m. in the 12200 block of Tidwell, where they found the boy they identified Friday as Darius Dugas.”
According to Click2Houston.com, “[p]aramedics rushed [Darius Dugas] to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
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 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?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Darius Dugas may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 family of Darius Dugas retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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