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.