Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death and injuries at a Caldwell senior living apartments and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and the other victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A woman was fatally injured and two other people were injured after a shooting at a Caldwell, Idaho senior community apartment complex Thursday afternoon, February 20, 2020.
As reported by YakTriNews.com, “the report of an active shooter at the [senior living] Apartments came in about 4:19 p.m. Thursday, and responding officers found multiple victims at the scene. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead.”
IdahoStatesman.com is reporting, “[the suspect] was engaged in a dispute with Darline Queen, 76, Juanita Pressler, 79, and Kathleen Schlemmer… Queen was shot fatally, while Pressler and Schlemmer were shot and are in stable condition.
According to the report, “[the suspect] was upstairs and the three women were downstairs when [the suspect] left and retrieved a 9 mm handgun. [The suspect] then fired five shots at the women, who were sitting at a table. Each was hit once, and two shots missed…[The suspect] was located in a room at the complex with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of senior center 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:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex aware of any 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, Darline Queen’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Juanita Pressler and Kathleen Schlemmer 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 Darline Queen’s family and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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