Could this tragic Norfolk apartment shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Toppin’s family?
Security measures are under scrutiny after 30-year-old Ryan Toppin was shot and killed “at the Dundale Square Apartments” Friday night, October 19, 2018, according to WTKR 3 News.
Norfolk police responded “to the 6600 block of Chesapeake Blvd.” shortly before 10:00 p.m. Officers discovered Mr. Toppin with fatal injuries at the scene. Investigators continue to search for suspects and a motive in this tragic shooting.
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 on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Ryan Toppin 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 property owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Ryan Toppin’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.
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 victim’s 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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