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.