3 People Shot At Douglas Heights Apartment Building, 1 Dead
According to WRCB TV, on Sunday around 4 a.m. police were dispatched to Douglas Heights apartment building located on 930 Douglas St, Chattanooga, TN 37403. There were numerous calls reporting gunshots heard at the building. The Douglas Heights building is an off-campus housing building for students of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
Police say three people were shot and one of them was killed. The other two victims were hospitalized. No other details about the incident have been reported.
The building went on lockdown after the incident. Residents of the building claim that they do not feel safe living at Douglas Heights. One resident believes the management is not adequately protecting the students living there because people who do not live in the building are easily able to enter without a key.
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Can Apartment Building Owners Be Liable For Violent Crime on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of crimevictim.Attorney specializes in civil cases dealing with victims of violent crime. We’ve asked him to share some of his insight on the legal options available to apartment shooting victims and their families below.
Essentially, commercial property owners are bound by law to ensure the safety of all of their customers and employees on site. And in order to protect their patrons from preventable dangers, they must be able to offer adequate security on or around the premises. Things like video surveillance or proper lighting in parking lots can work, but of course there are other options. When a shooting occurs on or around the property, it is important to consider whether or not adequate security was supplied by the owner. If an apartment building owner, for instance, failed to include the necessary security measures on the property, then they may be found liable for the violent crime that the victim suffered from. The victim, in turn, may have a lawsuit.
Nevertheless, in addition to proving inadequate security, the victim’s attorney must also prove that the violent crime committed was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if the apartment building owner knew that shootings were getting worse in the area and decided not to upgrade security, he or she may be held liable for the shooting because the crime was reasonably foreseeable. Overall, inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together in order for a property owner to be considered liable.
If you or someone close to you has been wounded or killed in a shooting at or near an apartment building, we recommend that you contact an experienced attorney right away. Please feel free to reach out one of our crime attorneys today to discuss your legal options.
Location of Douglas Heights Apartment Building in Chattanooga, TN
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