Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death and injuries at a Columbia apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One woman is dead and four other people were injured after a shooting at a Columbia, SC apartment complex early Sunday morning, March 13, 2022.
As reported by WLTX.com, “officers were sent to 810 Pulaski Street…just before 2 a.m. to a shooting.”
According to the report, “they then went into an apartment building and found five victims, a 22-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, and two 16-year-old boys…All were taken to the hospital where police say the 20-year-old woman ultimately died.”
WMBFnews.com is reporting, “Jamacia Dowling, 20, of Columbia, was identified as the deceased by the Richland County Coroner.”
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 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 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 complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the family of Jamacia Dowling may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 family of Jamacia Dowling and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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