Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Winston-Salem apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A juvenile was injured after a shooting at a Winston-Salem, NC apartment complex Friday night, January 29, 2021.
As reported by WXii12.com, “[o]fficers responded to the 100 block of Echo Glen Drive in the Hunt Club Apartment Complex at 11:21 p.m. in response to a shooting.”
According to the report, “[w]hen police arrived, they spoke with a woman who said she was sleeping when the sound of gunshots woke her up. She went to check on a juvenile sleeping in her apartment in a different bedroom and found that the victim had been struck by one of the rounds that entered the apartment.”
Journalnow.com is reporting, “[t]he juvenile was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries…[t]he victim was in stable condition Saturday at the hospital.
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 incident?
- 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 incident?
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 victim 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 victim 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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