Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Winston-Salem apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One person is dead and two others were injured after a shooting at a Winston-Salem, North Carolina apartment complex Monday evening, October 25, 2021.
As reported by WFMYnews2.com, “[o]fficers responded to multiple reports of multiple shooting victims at [an Apartment complex] located on Ferrell Court Monday at 6:52 p.m.”
According to the report, “[w]hen officers arrived they found 30-year-old Krishanda Ketrell McClam who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. McClam was taken to the hospital where she is in stable condition. A 16-year-old girl had an injury related to the shooting. She was also taken to a hospital where she was treated for her injury. The 16-year-old is in stable condition.”
CTpost.com is reporting, “[a]n additional shooting victim who had been driven away from the complex for medical help was located in a bank parking lot…[t]here Kelvin Rayvon James Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene.”
JournalNow.com is reporting, “the two female victims received their wounds there when they were struck by incidental gunfire.”
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 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:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
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 complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the family of Kelvin Rayvon James Jr. may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Krishanda Ketrell McClam and any injured victims 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 the family of Kelvin Rayvon James Jr. and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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