Security at the Forest Cove Apartments is under intense scrutiny following the shooting of 1-year-old Rodrickus Robinson Saturday evening, October 25, 2014.
According to Fox Atlanta, 1-year-old Rodrickus ‘Junior’ Robinson was attending an outdoor birthday party with his family Saturday when gunfire erupted in the Forest Cove apartment parking lot. Family members apparently tried to carry the little boy to safety, but he was struck in the arm by a stray bullet as they fled the violent scene.
The young boy remains hospitalized, per media reports. Doctors are reportedly performing a second surgery in an attempt to save his arm.
Family and friends have reportedly organized a candlelight vigil to pray for the little boy’s recovery and to raise awareness of the ongoing violence in the Forest Cove community. Courtney Holt, Rodrickus Robinson’s mother, is calling for anyone involved in her son’s shooting to come forward.
Our Legal Take
Police allegedly made an arrest in connection with the shooting on Monday. While relieved a suspect is now in custody, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether another party may also hold responsibility in the unconscionable shooting of this little boy: Forest Cove Apartments.
Crime reports reveal several burglaries, thefts and assaults in the surrounding neighborhood in the past month alone. What efforts to improve security were made by the owner and management of Forest Cove following previous violence in the community?
Was the gunman a resident of Forest Cove and, if not, how did he gain access to the property? What security measures and access-controls, such as gated entry, security fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place and working Saturday evening to protect residents and deter crime? How did these security measures fail?
Given the history of violence in the Forest Cove community, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible the owner and management of Forest Cove failed in their duty to protect the young victim.
By law, Georgia apartment owners have a duty to protect residents and guests from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near property, they must take extraordinary security precautions to protect residents and prevent future violence.
Should Forest Cove be found at fault for failing in this duty, the family of young Rodrickus Robinson may elect to hold the owner and management civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand Forest Cove finally take extraordinary security measures to improve resident safety in the complex. Further, such claims will serve as a much needed warning to other local apartment owners to improve safety conditions for residents. Perhaps, through these legal claims, many other young lives may be spared.
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.