8-Year-Old Girl Injured in Hollywood Shawnee Apartment Shooting; Investigators Question Complex Safety Lapse
Residents of the Hollywood Shawnee Apartments have been left terrified after a gunman shot and injured an 8-year-old girl in her sleep Monday evening. Now, as police search for the suspect, investigators are questioning whether another party should be held accountable in this horrific shooting: the owner and management of the Hollywood Shawnee Apartments.
An 8-year-old girl was sleeping in her bed just after 10:30pm Monday evening when a "high powered assault weapon" shot and struck her left leg. She was rushed to Children's Hospital at Egleston and is currently listed in stable condition.
According to police, a fight outside the young girl's apartment escalated to gunfire. The suspected gunman, who police are calling 'Jacoby', fired at a neighbors apartment. A stray bullet traveled through several neighboring apartment walls before finally entering the child's bedroom, hitting her as she slept.
As police conduct a manhunt for the shooter, apartment residents are left terrified, unable to protect their children in the safety of their own homes. Premises Liability Attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are investigating this shooting and question whether an apartment safety lapse contributed to this horrific incident:
- Have there been prior incidents of crime in or around the Hollywood Shawnee Apartments and, if so, was anything done to increase security for apartment residents?
- What security measures, such as a security or police patrol, gated entry, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the shooting
- Was the shooter a resident of the apartments and, if not, how did he obtain access to the complex?
- According to police reports, the shooting occurred only after an argument escalated outside a neighboring apartment. Were any efforts made by apartment security or management to mitigate the fight before it turned violent? Were police called prior to the shooting?
As the details of this shooting continue to develop, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the Hollywood Shawnee apartment complex failed to undertake proper security measures to protect those legally on the premises. Under Georgia law, an owner and management company of an apartment complex has a duty to protect such individuals from foreseeable crimes and to keep its premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held liable under Georgia law for any injuries that occur.
Should the apartment complex be found at fault in this incident, the family of the young victim may elect to hold the owner or management company civilly liable for his wrongful death. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial. As insurance companies and unscrupulous parties are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that an experienced premises liability firm be retained as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage, is preserved and the family's best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm handles cases such as this one on a regular basis, and is willing to assist if requested to do so.
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