Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Gulfport apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victims?
Gunfire erupted at a Gulfport, Mississippi apartment complex Tuesday night, May 21, 2019, leaving two young girls injured. According to WXXV25.com, “The shooting occurred in the pool area of the Oxford Point Apartment Complex on East Taylor Road [Tuesday] evening at about 7:45.” Police confirmed that “two minors, young women, were injured in this shooting and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” according to the report. WLOX.com is reporting, “management from Oxford Point Apartments told WLOX that neither the 13-year-old boy nor the two girls who were shot lived at the apartment complex…the incident reflects an ongoing problem with trespassing that the complex has been experiencing since spring from surrounding neighborhoods.”
A 13-year-old boy is in custody for the shooting according to the media reports.
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.
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- How was the suspect able to gain access on to the property?
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, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.
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 the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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