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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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Hampstead Oaks Apartment Shooting (WTOC 11 News)

Hampstead Oaks Apartment Shooting (WTOC 11 News)

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A two-year-old girl was fatally shot inside her Hampstead Oaks Apartment in Savannah Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

According to WTOC 11 News, more than a dozen shots were fired into the Hampstead Oaks Apartments shortly after 11:00pm Tuesday night. Two of those bullets struck a two-year-old girl as she slept inside her family’s home, per Police Chief Lumpkin’s news release.

The young child was rushed to Memorial Hospital, where she later succumbed to injuries, according to WSAV reports.

The tragedy is the latest in a recent “rash of shootings” to plague the Savannah community. WSAV reports, officers responded to at least nine shootings between Friday and Sunday alone.

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the death of this young victim, leaving many residents terrified for the safety of their families. The community is now rallying in support of this young victim and demanding answers and justice in her death.

Our Legal Take

As police and the Savannah community continue to search for the gunman responsible for this unconscionable shooting, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether another party may also hold responsibility in this tragedy: Hampstead Oaks Apartments.

Given the recent community violence, what additional security measures were implemented by the owner and management of Hampstead Oaks to protect residents and deter such crime on property?

Was the gunman a resident of Hampstead Oaks and, if not, how was the assailant able to gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as security fencing, gated or ID-controlled entry, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the assault?

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

Given the recent violence in the Savannah community, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible the owner and management of Hampstead Oaks failed in their duty to protect this young victim. If so, the family of the toddler may elect to hold the property civilly liable in her wrongful death.

Of course, legal proceedings are of little consequence to a grieving family. However, claims of this magnitude would, most importantly, demand that Hampstead Oaks finally implement proper security measures to protect residents and deter future crime. Further, such claims would send a gravely-needed message to other Savannah apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority. By calling on all local apartment owners to implement proper security precautions, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting, security patrols, and access-controls, many other young lives may be spared.

Photographs and a thorough, unbiased investigation of the property will need to be performed on the family’s behalf as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken fencing, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families devastated by apartment violence and property negligence. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

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