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Negligent Security? A Man and His 11-Year-Old Niece Fear For Their Safety After Shooting at Apartment Complex in Portland, Oregon

Jan. 10, 2023, Shooting at Morgan Place Apartments, Suspect Remains At Large

According to a local news report states, a man and his 11-year-old niece were shot at the Morgan Place Apartments. The suspected shooter, Rashad Calbert, demanded the victims to open the door. When they didn’t comply, he unloaded his weapon into the door. The victim and his niece received multiple gunshot wounds. The young girl received multiple gunshot wounds to her upper torso. The suspect, Rashad Calbert, remains on the loose. Upon arriving at the hospital, the victim’s family began searching for somewhere to house them and keep them safe. The Multnomah County Victim Services Department arranged for them to stay at a hotel in the surrounding area. However, upon arriving at the hotel, they were denied their stay due to impending safety concerns. This has been an ongoing nightmare for the victim and their family.

Do I have a Negligent Security Case?

Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident. As they pertain to a civil case, important questions and areas of investigation might include:

  • Did the victims and the shooter know each other or have a prior history?
  • Did the shooter have a significant criminal history?
  • Was the shooter a tenant or a known person at this apartment complex?
  • What is the history of prior crime and police response at, and around, the apartments?
  • What security measures were in place at the apartments?
  • Where, precisely, did the shooting take place?

These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. As gun violence continues to be a problem in this community, answers and understanding can help prevent future gun violence.

How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Apartment Complexes?

Legal contributor, Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced trial attorney, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Dalton offered the following commentary on this situation:

“Owners and property managers can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, controlled-access gates, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and cameras can all help to deter crime. It is also important for property owners to request and monitor crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property so that they can evaluate what security measures are necessary. Owners and managers should request for the 9-1-1 calls for service logs, crime grids, and actual police reports. You can’t prevent all crime, but property owners should certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property.”

Mickelsen Dalton LLC

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