Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Burlington apartment complex 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 Burlington, North Carolina apartment complex Monday night, September 30, 2019, leaving one young man dead.
As reported by WXII12.com, the shooting “happened Monday around 10:45 p.m. near Center Avenue and Tucker Street.”
Myfox8.com is reporting, “police found a man dead on the sidewalk between two apartment buildings.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers identified the victim as 27-year-old Donald Cody Watlington, of Burlington.”
The investigation is ongoing, no suspects have been identified.
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, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on 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 family of Donald Cody Watlington 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 Donald Cody Watlington retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of 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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