Brightway Commons Apartment Shooting: December 23, 2018
Did negligent security contribute to this unconscionable shooting and are justice and compensation available to the young victim?
A 4-year-old girl was shot by a stray bullet while standing next to the Christmas tree inside a Milford apartment home Sunday night, December 23, 2018.
According to The Milford Beacon, gunfire erupted “during a confrontation at the Brightway Commons apartment complex.” Milford police told the Delaware News Journal, a stray bullet pierced the back door window, striking the young girl in the back of her head. She was transported to Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Her identity and current condition have not been released.
The Brightway Commons complex was the location of a double shooting investigation in April 2018, per Delaware News Journal 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.
- How did the gunmen gain entry to the complex?
- Where was apartment management and security during the initial altercation in the courtyard? Were police called at the start of that dispute?
- What additional security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were implemented by the complex owner to deter crime and protect residents and guests following media reports of prior gun violence on 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 young victim and her family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for her 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 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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