Did a security failure contribute to this tragic West Columbia apartment shooting?
Gunfire erupted at a West Columbia apartment complex Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2018, claiming the life of 26-year-old Samir Bernard Atkins and leaving two others injured.
According to ABC Columbia, the shooting occurred shortly after 2:00 p.m. “in the New Brookland apartment complex in West Columbia.” Tragically, Mr. Atkins succumbed to his injuries. Two others were transported to the hospital, per WLTX 19 reports. Their identities and current conditions have not been released.
Did negligent security contribute to this senseless loss of life? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the family of Samir Atkins and the other victims of this shooting may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in South Carolina, or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.
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.
- What security measures, such as gated entry, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect residents and deter crime 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 apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Mr. Atkins may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims their loss. Additionally, the other victims of this tragic shooting may 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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The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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