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Doesn’t Two Murders At Ocala Apartment Complex In 18 Months Suggest Negligent Security?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Negligent Security

Doesn’t Two Murders At Ocala Apartment Complex In 18 Months Suggest Negligent Security?

The wesh.com website is reporting that U.S. Marshalls in Georgia have captured a 21-year old  man accused of killing 23-year-old Antonio Jones at the Spring Manor Apartment complex in Ocala a couple of weeks ago.  Apparently, Mr. Jones and the shooter got involved in some kind of argument that unfortunately escalated into a shooting, and subsequent wrongful death. As an Orlando negligent security lawyer who has represented many people who have been shot (and sometimes the families of those who have been killed) in the common areas of apartment complexes, the most interesting part of the story from my perspective is the fact that the Spring Manor Apartments was also the scene of a shooting/murder in July 2013. As should be well-known to any regular reader of this blog, apartment complexes are legally responsible for securing their properties, residents, and guests based upon what they know about crime on their properties, as well as what they know about crime in the areas around their properties.  To me, having a shooting/murder occur at your apartment complex should tell the management at the apartment complex that something is lacking regarding security.  It would seem to me that a reasonable and responsible management organization would take steps to beef up security.  Such steps might include putting fencing around, and gates at the entrance of, the complex, and having more security guards patrolling the property and providing more of a visual deterrence. The senseless murder of Antonio Jones only happened 18 months after the prior murder.   I have to wonder how much security was in place at Spring Manor on December 29, 2014.  Evidently, not enough. If you have questions regarding an apartment complex shooting or negligent security case anywhere in Central Florida including Ocala, Orlando, or Winter Park, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Will Pine Hills Shooting Lead To A Negligent Security Claim?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Negligent Security

Will Pine Hills Shooting Lead To A Negligent Security Claim?

Here in Central Florida, over the past year or more there have been rash of shootings in the commercial area on Colonial Drive (Highway 50), between Pine Hills Road and Kirkman Road.  The most recent event was the murder of two men sitting in a Porsche automobile in the parking lot of the Mandarin Plaza shopping center. Mandarin Plaza, as well as several of the other shopping plazas in the area, features at least one nightclub.  According to a story on the WFTV.com website, the owners of the nightclubs (and presumably the owners of the plazas) realize that a lot of criminal activity occurs in the parking lots outside these clubs.  Apparently, some kind of effort is made to provide security, but obviously not enough. A business owner can be held liable for damages if he or she knows (or should know) that his or her business is the site of dangerous or criminal activity and doesn’t take reasonable measures to protect guests, patrons, or visitors.  The amount or level of security must be reasonable in light of what is known about the risk of danger.  Having one security guard on duty might be reasonable when there is little risk of crime, but would likely be entirely unreasonable if the business had been the scene of multiple attacks or murders. Apparently, the victims in the Mandarin Plaza shootings had a social media and community presence that suggested that they were modern-day gangsters.  There might have been more to their killings that just a random act of violence.  In such a situation, there might not be a viable negligent security claim.  Nevertheless, many of the people shot and killed in Pine Hills in this area of Pine Hills are innocent and plainly at the wrong place at the wrong time, and deserve justice. If you have any questions regarding a potential negligent security claim, call Winter Park negligent security attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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