News4Jax reports that on Monday around 6:30 p.m. police responded to reports of a shooting at Oakwood Villa Apartments located on 8201 Kona Ave #7454, Jacksonville, FL 32211.
One victim was found with a gunshot wound to her leg. The other victim was found with a gunshot wound to his hand. Both victims were hospitalized for their injuries.
According to investigators, there were two or three people in hoodies who may have been involved in the shooting. They ask that anyone with information about possible suspects to contact the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard works closely with victims injured during apartment complex shootings in civil lawsuits. Mr. Haggard has shared his insight on the legal options available to these victims and their families.
It is important for victims of criminal violence to understand that all commercial property owners are legally obligated to protect their patrons and employees from any reasonably foreseeable hazards. In order to fulfill this duty, owners must supply adequate security. This may include, but is not limited to hiring security guards or establishing well-lit parking lots. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security and someone is injured due to their negligence, then the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against that property owner.
However, in addition to showing inadequate security, the crime victim’s lawyer must also prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if a shooting occurred at an apartment complex with a previous history of violent crime, yet no security improvements were put in place, then the crime may be considered reasonably foreseeable. Essentially, if a reasonably foreseeable crime occurs on a property due to inadequate security, then the property owner may be held liable for the crime.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a similar incident, you can learn more about your legal options by reaching out to an experienced crime victim attorney.