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Elkhart, Indiana - 3 People Killed In Alleged Shooting At Stratford Common Apartment Complex

Stratford Commons in Elkhart, Indiana
Published: August 3, 2019
By: Joe LaFrance
Last Updated on December 2, 2020

Police Investigate Motive Behind Potential Murder-Suicide at Stratford Commons Apartments

According to 16 WNDU, on Wednesday around 9 a.m. Elkhart Police were dispatched to the Stratford Commons for an alleged shooting. Upon arrival, police found two gunshot victims dead, both 66 years old. Elkhart Police Chief Chris Snyder also revealed the suspected gunman, Lawrence Faso, was found dead at the scene.

The Elkhart County Homicide Unit has an investigation underway.

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Legal Options Available to Victims and Their Families Injured or Killed in Apartment Shootings

Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson works closely with violent crime victims in civil lawsuits. Mr. Gibson has generously offered his knowledge on the legal options available to these victims and their families.

It is the legal duty of all commercial property owners to maintain the safety of their patrons and employees. In order to fulfill this duty, property owners must provide adequate security on their premises. This may include but is not limited to installing video surveillance, hiring a security guard, or making sure the property is well-lit. If a property has inadequate security and something like a shooting occurs due to negligent security, then the property owner may be held liable for the crime.

However, that is not all. The shooting or violent crime that occurs on-site must also be shown to have been reasonably foreseeable. For instance, if a shooting occurs at an apartment building with a previous history of violent crime, but no security improvements were made, then the crime may be deemed reasonably foreseeable. Essentially, inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together if a violent crime victim wants to have a valid lawsuit against a property owner.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an apartment building shooting, you can contact an experienced crime victim attorney to discuss your legal options.


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