Abdul Basir, 24, Killed in Front of Girlfriend's Children Following an Apartment Complex Shooting at Wynhollow Apartments in DeKalb, Georgia
As an apartment shooting law firm, we are troubled at the recent increase of apartment complex crimes. Another such incident happened Sunday, June 12, 2011, at the Wynhollow Apartments in DeKalb County, Georgia. News reports indicate that Abdul Basir, 24, was babysitting his girlfriend's children when he was shot as he responded to a knock on his front door. Mr. Basir was shot several times in the chest and face and unfortunately, he died at the scene in front of the children. DeKalb County Police have not determined the motive but the incident remains under investigation.
As the facts of this incident continue to emerge, it may be possible that the victims family would be entitled to a substantial financial recovery for the wrongful death of their loved one. In particular, under Georgia law, an apartment owner has a duty to keep an apartment complex safe. If the apartment owner has reason to anticipate criminal activity on its property through prior crime in the surrounding area, the apartment owner must take the reasonable steps to provide adequate security. If the apartment owner fails to undertake these steps, he or she is liable for any injuries that occur as a consequence.
We extend our sympathies to the family of Mr. Basir, and offer our legal assistance if needed.