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26-year-old Hollman Waller was reportedly injured during a shooting outside the After 5 Sports Bar and Grill early Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

According to WTVM News, an altercation outside the After 5 Sports Bar and Grill escalated to violence around 1:00am Wednesday morning. A large crowd was apparently in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. A friend of the victim reportedly told media Mr. Waller was trying to flee an altercation between a group of 10 men when gunfire erupted outside the nightclub. Mr. Waller suffered gunshot wounds to his lower back and leg, per media reports. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center. His condition is unknown.

Columbus police have yet to make an arrest in connection with the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for a suspect, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether another party also holds responsibility in this potentially fatal shooting: the owner and management of After5 Sports Bar and Grill.

What weapon screening procedures, such as metal detectors and bag checks, are in place to keep guns off property?

Was alcohol a factor in the initial altercation and, if so, was the assailant over-served alcohol on property prior to the shooting?

What efforts were made by nightclub security and management to disperse the large crowd and de-escalate the situation before it could erupt into violence? Were police called to the scene to assist with crowd management prior to the shooting? What attempts were made to safely and separately remove all those parties involved from the premises?

What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, a security patrol or police presence, and emergency call boxes, were in place to protect patrons exiting the nightclub? 

As the details of this shooting continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible the owner and management of After 5 Sports Bar and Grill failed in their duty to protect Hollman Waller. If so, Mr. Waller may elect to hold the nightclub civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, would demand the nightclub implement proper security measures and send a gravely-needed message to all Columbus nightclubs on the need to make patron safety their first priority. Perhaps, through these claims, many young lives may be spared.

Photographs of the scene will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as surveillance footage, is repaired, damaged or destroyed. Mr. Waller should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and his best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of nightclub 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 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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15-year-old Jamari Batts was reportedly shot and injured outside the Madison Apartments on West 54th Street Thursday, December 4, 2014.

According to WJCL News, the teenage boy was shot outside his home at the Madison Apartments on West 54th Street, off Montgomery Street, Thursday evening. Police apparently responded to the scene shortly after 10:30pm and transported the child to Memorial University Medical Center where he later succumbed to injuries.

The community is now seeking answers and justice in what is the latest of a recent spree of shootings in the Savannah community and the second Savannah apartment complex shooting of a child in under a month. Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the assault.

Our Legal Take

Particularly given the recent surge in community violence, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may have contributed to this horrific assault.

Following previous community shootings, what additional security precautions were implemented by the owner and management of Madison Apartments to protect patrons and to deter such violence on property? 

Was the gunman a resident of Madison Apartments and, if not, how did he gain access to the property? What access controls, such as security fencing, gated entry, and surveillance cameras, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?

The shooting apparently occurred outside on apartment grounds. What outdoor security measures, such as bright lighting, emergency call boxes and security patrols, were available to Jamari Batts outside his apartment home?

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 Madison Apartments failed in their duty to protect Jamari Batts. If so,  his family may elect to hold the property civilly liable in his wrongful death. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, would demand that Madison Apartments finally implement proper security measures to protect residents and deter 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 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 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

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A shooting outside the Villages at Carver Apartments claimed the life of one person and left another injured Thursday, December 4, 2014.

According to 11 Alive News, the double shooting occurred outside the Villages at Carver Apartments on Moury Avenue at Bickers Drive. One person perished from injuries at the scene and another was transported to Grady Memorial with injuries.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their investigation, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal security lapse at the Villages at Carver Apartments may have contributed to this tragedy.

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December Crime Map of Southeast Atlanta Neighborhood Surrounding Villages at Carver (spotcrime.com)

Crime reports of the surrounding area reveal a staggering number of recent robberies and assaults. What additional security precautions were implemented by the owner and management of the Villages at Carver Apartments to protect residents and deter violence following previous community crime? 

Was the gunman a resident of the Villages at Carver Apartments and, if not, how did he obtain access to the property? What access controls, such as a security fence, gated entry, security patrol, and surveillance cameras, were in place and working at the time of the shooting? Was the parking lot equipped with bright lighting and emergency call boxes to protect residents and guests entering and exiting the property? How did these security measures fail?

Given the history of crime in the surrounding southeast Atlanta area, the family of the victim may be entitled to pursue civil action against the owner and management of Villages at Carver for his wrongful death.

Under Georgia law, an apartment owner has a duty to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have reason to anticipate criminal activity on their property through knowledge of prior crime on or near their property, the owner and management must take extraordinary precautions to protect residents and prevent future crime. Should the owner and management fail in this responsibility, they may be held liable for all injuries and deaths that occur as a consequence.

Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand the Villages at Carver apartment complex finally implement proper security measures and send a gravely needed message to all southeast Atlanta apartment owners and law enforcement on the need to improve security measures and increase law enforcement in this neighborhood. Perhaps, through these claims, many other families may be spared such a tragedy.

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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