Security Breach? Our Legal Take: Columbus Woman Shot in Apartment Home Invasion
A 42-year-old woman reportedly suffered a gunshot wound during a Buena Vista Road apartment home invasion in Columbus Monday evening, January 11, 2016.
According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the apartment home invasion occurred shortly before 5:30pm in the 5600 block of Buena Vista Road. The female victim was apparently in her bedroom when at least one assailant broke into her apartment home and shot her in the stomach. She was later transported to Midtown Medical Center with injuries.
Police have not yet identified the suspect(s), who apparently fled with property from the victim’s vehicle.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of apartments have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents and guests of the Buena Vista Road apartment complex, and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property and residence? What security measures, such as bright lighting, gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, deadbolts, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner and management to deter such crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents and guests 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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for her injuries.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment security negligence claims, 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.
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