Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Columbus apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at a Columbus, Ohio apartment complex early Wednesday morning, June 5, 2019, leaving one teen girl dead and one teen boy injured. According to NBC4i.com, “at about 12:30am, Wednesday, officers were called to an apartment complex in the 40 block of West Welch Avenue on the report of a shooting.” When officers arrived found “two teenagers, one boy and one girl, injured,” reports 10tv.com. According to the news story, “[t]he girl, identified by police as 15-year-old Shamya Saultz, was transported to Grant Medical Center where she later died…a 14-year-old boy was also shot and is listed as stable.” NBC4i.com is reporting, “an unknown suspect, wearing all black, entered the residence and fired on a gathering of family and friends, striking the two teens.”
The suspect has not been identified and 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 Shamya Saultz and others at the time of the shooting?
- 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 disturbances or suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- How was the suspect able to gain access to the complex?
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, Shamya Saultz‘s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any other 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 Shamya Saultz‘s family and any other injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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