Houston, Texas (March 22, 2023) — Houston-based law firm Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner partner Mo Aziz and attorney Angelina Wike, together with Kimberley Spurlock of Spurlock & Associates, P.C. have filed suit against multiple companies associated with the Park at Sorento Apartments. The companies are alleged to have disregarded multiple reports of violent criminal activity and another similar shooting in the complex in recent months, as well as complaints of the inoperable gates for years. The lawsuit alleges premises liability, wrongful death, negligence, and gross negligence and seeks the maximum compensation amount allowed by law.
The incident in question took place on the evening of January 10th outside of the victim’s apartment. The victim, a minor, was returning to his apartment when he was attacked by gunfire by an unidentified person just outside of his front door. The assailant shot the minor multiple times before fleeing in a dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado Truck through the unmaintained and inoperable vehicle entry and exit gates at the apartment complex. As a result of the incident, the minor suffered fatal injuries and passed away at the scene.
Following a similar shooting incident on or about December 16th, 2022, and following constant complaints by residents to the management company and community director, residents were told that additional safety and security measures were being taken so that everyone living on the premises would feel safe. However, the entry and exit gates continued to remain inoperable and open for the public to gain
uncontrolled access to the premises. It is believed that the gates are in the same or similar condition they were when the previous shooting and the fatal incident occurred.
Commenting on the lawsuit, Attorney Mo Aziz said, “Apartment complexes and the management companies that oversee day-to-day operations have a duty to repair or remedy conditions on the premises that materially affect the health and safety of its residents. Far too often we see repeated failures by apartment management companies and their employees to maintain the premises, despite ongoing complaints and reports of criminal activity. Particularly when danger is foreseeable, or predictable.”
Attorney Kim Spurlock added, “This young man was a star athlete and student with a very bright future ahead of him. These defendants knew of the dangers surrounding their tenants, yet put their profits over people, and must be held accountable.”
The mother of the minor (S.H.) and his family will be available during a press conference on Wednesday, March 22nd at 1:00 p.m. hosted by the law firm of Abraham Watkins to answer questions regarding the lawsuit. The press conference is open to all media and will be held at the firm’s office located at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002. For questions regarding the upcoming press conference, please call the firm at (713) 222-7211.
For questions regarding the lawsuit or interview requests, please contact Geoffrey Adkinson at [email protected] or 713-222-7211
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