A fatal double shooting at the Campus Crossings Apartments reportedly claimed the life of one victim and left another injured early Friday morning, February 27, 2015.
According to WTOC, the shooting occurred around 1:30am Friday morning at the Campus Crossings Apartments on Lanier Drive, near the Georgia Southern University campus. Authorities apparently told media that one student was shot and transported to the hospital with injuries. A second victim, reportedly not a student, was killed in the attack. Campus Crossings is not part of GSU housing, though residents are primarily students, per media reports.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
This is apparently not the first violent assault at the Campus Crossings complex. Media reports indicate previous assaults in 2009 and 2012. Friday’s fatal double shooting comes only days after police responded to reports of gunfire at the Campus Evolution Villages apartment complex nearby. Given the violent history on and near the property, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal security lapse may have contributed to this tragedy.
Was the gunman a resident of Campus Crossings and, if not, how did he gain entry to the property? What access controls, such as gated entry, security fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the shooting? What apartment unit security features, such as alarm systems, deadbolts, peepholes, and security bars, were available to the victims?
How have the Campus Crossings owner and management improved security following previous incidents of violence on property? What emergency precautions, such as police patrols and resident warnings, were implemented by the owner and management following reports of gunfire at the nearby Campus Evolution Villages only days prior to this fatal shooting?
Under Georgia law, apartment owners and management companies are required to protect all residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex have knowledge of previous violence on or near property, they may have a duty to implement extraordinary security measures to protect residents and deter future crime.
Given the alleged history of violence on and near the property, The Murray Law Firm suggests it is possible the owner and management of Campus Crossings failed in their responsibility to protect these two victims. If so, the families of these victims may elect to hold the apartment complex owner and management company civilly liable their injuries and wrongful death. Claims of this magnitude will demand Campus Crossings reevaluate security measures. Such claims will also serve as a gravely needed message to all Statesboro student-based apartment complexes of the need to make resident safety their first priority. Perhaps, through such legal action, many young lives may be spared.
Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victims before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Both families should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive expertise in representing victims and families devastated by apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.