ORLANDO – A grandmother has filed a suit against the owners of an Orlando apartment complex over claims that a stray bullet from a fight in the complex's parking lot injured her minor grandchild.
Gloria Perez, as paternal grandmother and legal guardian of Victor Q. Hernandez, filed a complaint on June 2 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County against Rifai Properties LLC, doing business as Pacifico Place Apartments, alleging that the property owner failed to provide a reasonably safe environment for its business invitees.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 1, 2015, her minor grandson suffered a severe and debilitating injury as a result of a gunshot wound to his face that struck his left eye when a stray bullet from a gunfight in the parking lot of defendant's apartments entered through his bedroom window.
The plaintiff holds Rifai Properties LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate security for its tenants and invitees and failed to warn, protect, guard, and secure the safety of its tenants and invitees.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for damages of more than $15,000, plus interest and costs. She is represented by Mark R. Ahrens of Todd K. Miner PA in Orlando.
9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County case number 17-CA-5065