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Open Entry at Villas at Druid Hills

Gated Entry Appears Open at Villas at Druid Hills

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A 24-year-old man was reportedly injured during a shooting at the Villas at Druid Hills apartment complex Thursday, November 20, 2014.

According to the AJC, the vicim was discovered by police near the apartment complex gate, shortly before 11:00pm Thursday evening. Police spokesperson Carlos Nino told media the victim was shot during an attempted robbery. Two suspects apparently demanded the victim’s wallet and shot him in the leg when he refused.

The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. Police have not yet identified suspects in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the assailants, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal security lapse at the Villas at Druid Hills apartment complex may also hold responsibility in this shooting.

Another shooting occurred on property in 2012. What additional security measures, if any, were implemented by the owner and management following the previous shooting? How did these precautions fail?

Were the assailants residents of the Villas at Druid Hills complex and, if not, how did they gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as security fencing, gated or ID card controlled entry, and security guards, were in place at the time of the shooting? Were the apartment gates and fencing broken at the time of the shooting?

The shooting apparently occurred outside on the apartment complex grounds? What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes, were available to the victim on the apartment complex grounds?

As the details of this investigation continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible the owner and management of Villas at Druid Hills failed in their duty to protect this young victim.

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should an owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near property, they have a duty to implement extraordinary security measures to protect residents and prevent future violence.

Should the owner and management of Villas at Druid Hills have failed in this responsibility, the victim may elect to hold the property civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand the apartment complex finally implement proper security and send a much-needed message to other Georgia apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed on the victim’s behalf without delay to ensure all evidence, such as broken gates or surveillance footage, is preserved and his best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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21-year-old Daniel Cornejo was reportedly killed in a shooting outside the Brookwood West No. 2 Apartments in Gainesville Wednesday, November 20, 2014.

According to The Gainesville Times, police were called to the Brookwood West No. 2 Apartments, at 776 West Avenue, around 10:00pm Wednesday evening. Officers apparently discovered Mr. Cornejo outside the apartment suffering from gunshot wounds. He was reportedly transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he later perished from injuries.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting, leaving residents terrified for the safety of their families. One neighbor allegedly told neighbor media that police are called to the area “frequently.”

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for a gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal apartment security lapse may also have contributed to this tragedy.

Given reports of previous community crime, what safety precautions, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting, emergency call boxes, and security patrols, were implemented by Brookwood West to protect residents and deter crime prior to the shooting?

How did the gunman gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as security fencing, gated and ID card controlled entry, and alarm systems, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?

Should the apartment owner and management be found at fault for failing to provide adequate security to Mr. Cornejo, his family may elect to hold the apartment complex civilly liable in his wrongful death. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, would demand Brookwood West Apartments finally implement proper security measures to protect residents. Such claims would also serve as a grave reminder to other Gainesville apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the complex will need to be performed on behalf of the Cornejo family immediately to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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A 16-year-old girl was reportedly the victim of a sexual assault at a Buena Vista Road apartment complex in Columbus Saturday evening, November 15, 2014.

According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the teenage victim was verbally harassed and sexually battered at the Columbus apartment complex. No further details have been released and police have not identified a suspect in the assault.

Community residents have once again been left shaken by the incident. There is a history of apartment complex sexual assaults in the Buena Vista Road area, including the rape of a teenage girl in 2011 and the rape of a 20 year old woman in 2010.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for the victims of sexual assault and apartment negligence at The Murray Law Firm are following media updates of this latest local assault closely and question whether a potentially fatal security lapse may also hold responsibility in this horrific attack.

What efforts, if any, were made by the apartment owner and management to improve security measures and deter such violence following previous area assaults? How did these security precautions fail?

Was the assailant a resident of the apartment complex and, if not, how did the suspect gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as security fencing, ID controlled and gated entry, alarm systems, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the assault?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should a property owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near property, they have a duty to exercise extraordinary security measures to protect their residents and prevent future violence. Should they fail in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a consequence.

Given the history of sexual assaults in the area, it is possible the owner and management of the Buena Vista Road apartment complex failed in their responsibility to protect this young victim. If so, she and her family may elect to hold the complex civilly liable. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand the apartment complex finally make resident safety their first priority and send a clearly-needed message to other local apartment owners. Perhaps, through these claims, many other young victims may be spared such violence.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of apartment assaults and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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