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Police Investigate Greystone at Inverness Apartment Shooting (WTVM)

Police Investigate Greystone at Inverness Shooting (WTVM)

Bonos Dell was reportedly shot and injured during an attempted robbery at the Greystone at Inverness Apartments Friday, September 12, 2014.

According to WTVM News, police believe the shooting occurred during an attempted robbery at the Greystone at Inverness Apartments, located in the 1900 block of Inverness Way in Columbus, GA.

Mr. Dell was reportedly transported to Midtown Medical Center for injuries sustained during the shooting and attempted robbery. Media reports indicate his injuries are non-life threatening.

Columbus Police are still searching for a suspect.

Our Legal Take

As authorities continue to search for a gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may have contributed to this horrific shooting.

Media footage of the scene reveals officers investigating with flashlights in what appears to be a very dark parking lot. What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, emergency call boxes and security patrols, were in place and working to deter crime and protect residents on the apartment grounds?

Was the gunman a resident of Greystone at Inverness Apartments and, if not, how did he gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as a gated entry, security guard, security fence and ID card system, were in place and working at the time of the shooting? How did these measures fail?

Georgia law requires property owners to protect all those legally on their premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near their property, they have a duty to take extraordinary measures to protect residents and deter future crime. Should they fail in this duty, the apartment owner and management may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a consequence.

Should the owner and management of Greystone at Inverness have failed in their duty to protect Bonos Dell, he may elect to file civil claims for his injuries.  Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, would demand Greystone at Inverness employ proper safety precautions to protect residents and guests. Further, such claims will send a much-needed message to all local apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed on Mr. Dell’s behalf before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Mr. Dell should seek an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and his best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting 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 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 12.47.12 PM18-year-old Georgia Southern freshman, Michael Gatto, apparently suffered a fatal assault inside Rude Rudy’s bar, just outside the Georgia Southern campus, Thursday, September 4, 2014.

According to WJCL News, Mr. Gatto was inside Rude Rudy’s bar around 12:30am Thursday morning. Apparently, an off-duty member of the bar staff got in a fight with Mr. Gatto. Mr. Gatto reportedly suffered head injuries during the assault and later perished from injuries.

Per news reports, police originally charged the assailant with aggravated battery. However, following a Tuesday autopsy at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah, the alleged assailant is now facing felony murder charges.

Our Legal Take

The tragedy comes only a week after another young man was killed in a fatal shooting at Overtime Sports Bar, just outside the Savannah State campus. The loss of such young lives, so close to college campuses, has highlighted the need for tighter regulations on off-campus bars and nightclubs.

The Murray Law Firm is now questioning whether a fatal security lapse at Rude Rudy’s may have contributed to the death of Mr. Gatto:

Mr. Gatto was only 18-years-old inside the off-campus bar. What age restrictions are in place at Rude Rudy’s? How does the bar enforce these age restrictions, particularly given their close proximity to Georgia Southern?

What efforts were made by bar security and management to stop the fight and deescalate the situation prior to violence? What efforts were made to safely and separately evacuate both parties from the bar property at the first sign of a dispute? Were security and surveillance cameras placed inside the bar to deter violence?

Following the tragedy outside the Savannah State campus one week ago, what efforts were made by the owner and management of Rude Rudy’s to prevent such violence from their off-campus bar? Were age restrictions and enforcement increased? Was a police presence, additional security or surveillance camera implemented?

Georgia law requires property owners to protect patrons from foreseeable harm. For example, should a nightclub or restaurant owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near property, they have a duty to implement extraordinary security precautions to deter future violence and protect patrons. Considering the off-campus location of Rude Rudy’s, the owner and management have a particular responsibility to ensure the safety of underage students by implementing proper security and enforcement of age restrictions.

Given the recent violence at other off-campus bars, The Murray Law Firm suggests it is possible the owner and management of Rude Rudy’s failed in their duty to protect Michael Gatto. If so, the family of Mr. Gatto may elect to hold the property owner and management civilly liable in his wrongful death. Such claims will demand Rude Rudy’s finally make patron safety, and the safety of Georgia Southern students, their first priority.

Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will also call on state and local officials to re-evaluate off-campus bar and nightclub restrictions throughout the state. If off-campus bar owners intend to attract student patrons, they must also take proper security measures to protect them. Through these legal claims, many other young lives may be spared.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed on behalf of the Gatto family 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 nightclub 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 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 5.02.22 PM21-year-old Henry Lee, of Arkansas, was found unresponsive in the Holiday Inn and Suites pool Saturday, August 30, 2014.

According to WSBTV, Mr. Lee was enjoying a pool party at the Holiday Inn and Suites on Virginia Avenue Saturday evening. Around 9:00pm, party goers apparently discovered Mr. Lee unresponsive and pulled him from the pool. Emergency crews rushed Mr. Lee to the hospital where he reportedly succumbed to injuries a few days later.

Police are now investigating how the drowning occurred. Channel 2′s Erica Byfield announced hotel officials are conducting their own investigation into Mr. Lee’s death.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the incident closely and questions whether a hotel safety lapse may have contributed to the tragic death of Mr. Lee.

Was a life guard or CPR-certified staff member positioned at the hotel pool during the evening pool party? How long was Mr. Lee unconscious in the hotel pool and where were staff during this critical time?

How many people were using the hotel pool area at the time Mr. Lee’s drowning and does this number comply with fire safety regulations?

Did slippery or loose flooring, a lack of pool exits, overcrowding, or a pool structural feature contribute to the death of Mr. Lee? When was the pool area last inspected for such safety hazards?

Should the hotel be found at fault for improper safety measures and staffing, the family of Henry Lee may elect to hold the hotel owner and management civilly liable in his wrongful death.

While legal proceedings are of little concern to a grieving family, claims of this magnitude would demand the Holiday Inn and other local hotels re-evaluate pool safety procedures and staffing, potentially saving many other lives.

Photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the scene will need to be performed on behalf of the family immediately before any evidence, such as loose flooring, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. The Lee family should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims and families devastated by property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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