27-year-old Monique Lassiter was shot and injured during a carjacking at the Lodge Apartments in the early overnight hours of Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
According to WSBTV News, two suspects opened fire on Ms. Lassiter during a carjacking outside her home at The Lodge Apartments on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Two male suspects shot Ms. Lassiter in the abdomen and fled in her yellow 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.
Ms. Lassiter was transported to North Fulton Hospital. She is currently listed in stable condition.
Sandy Springs Police continue to search for the two suspects, “believed to be African-American men…the shooter is described as a man in his early 20′s, [who] stands between 5’6 and 5’7 and weighs between 140 and 150 pounds. He also wore a red shirt and a red bandana over his mouth and nose. There was no description of the second suspect.”
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is following media updates of this shooting closely and questions whether a potentially fatal security lapse may have contributed to the attack on Ms. Lassiter.
A cab driver was robbed at gunpoint in the Lodge Apartments parking lot less than two years ago. What additional security measures, such as bright lighting, emergency call boxes, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, have been implemented to improve parking lot security and property access-controls since that time?
Were the assailants who shot Ms. Lassiter residents of the Lodge Apartments and, if not, how were they able to gain access to the property? Were the property security gates working at the time of the shooting? Do the gates allow outsiders to follow residents inside the property? Was their a security guard on duty at the time of the shooting?
Apartment owners have a duty to protect residents from foreseeable harm. For example, should a property owner be aware of prior crime on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement extraordinary security measures to deter future violence on property. Should an apartment owner and manager fail in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a consequence.
As the details of this shooting continue to emerge, Ms. Lassiter may elect to file civil claims against the owner and management of The Lodge Apartments. Total claims may be in the millions of dollars and will, most importantly, demand The Lodge Apartments and other local apartments finally make resident safety their first priority.
Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as broken fencing or surveillance footage, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Ms. Lassiter should retain a premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and her best interests are protected.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of 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.