Did negligent security contribute to the loss of Jamahri Lucas and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire erupted at a Raleigh, North Carolina apartment complex Thursday night, March 21, 2019, tragically leaving a young teen boy dead. According to WRAL.com, “[o]fficers responded to a reported shooting at…Apartments, in the 900 block of Sawpit Drive, at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday.” The news story reports that officers “found Jamahri Lucas in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to WakeMed, where he died.” Jamahri Lucas’ mother was trying to do what was best for her son. In an interview with ABC11.com, according to the mother, “they once lived in the area where the shooting happened but she moved to a nicer apartment complex in Garner to try to get her son away from bad influences.”
Media outlets indicate the investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been identified.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How were the suspects able to gain access on to the property?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Lucas at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Mr. Lucas’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Mr. Lucas’ family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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