Did negligent security contribute to the tragic death of Kenneth Porter and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Porter’s family?
Gunfire erupted at an Augusta, Georgia apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, March 12, 2019, leaving one adult teen dead according to a media report. According to WFXG.com, “[t]he shooting happened just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Enclave at Augusta apartments.” When officers arrived on scene they “found the body of 19-year-old Kenneth Porter on the ground with a gunshot wound,” reports WRDW.com. The news story reports, “[Mr. Porter] was taken to Augusta University Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.”
Two suspects have been arrested and charged according to the media 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.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- How was the suspect able to gain access on to the property?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Porter 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 failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the Mr. Porter’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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 Mr. Porter’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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