Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Niskayuna 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 Niskayuna, New York apartment complex Monday night, May 27, 2019, leaving one young woman dead. According to WNYT.com, “Police say at about 8:20 Monday night that a series of shots was fired in the parking lot at the Hillcrest Village West apartments in Niskayuna.” Arriving officers found “21-year-old Ayanna Hunter of Schenectady lying in the parking lot” according to the report. DailyGazette.com is reporting “a gathering had been going on there on the Memorial Day holiday when police said as many as eight shots were fired.” Per the report, Ms. Hunter was taken to the hospital where she died.
No arrests have been made, there may be more than one suspect according to the media reports.
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 Ayanna Hunter at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex aware of the gathering prior to the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
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, Ayanna Hunter‘s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 Ayanna Hunter‘s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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