A shooting outside the Brandywine Townhouses on Mount Zion Road reportedly left four young victims injured Monday evening, October 13, 2014.
According to 11 Alive News, a gumman shot into a small group of 17- to 20-year-olds outside the Brandywine Townhouses around 10:00pm Monday. The young victims were apparently standing together in the 85 Mount Zion Road complex when a man approached them and opened fire with a shotgun. The suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot.
All four victims were transported to the hospital for injuries and have since been listed in stable condition. Authorities have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
As police continue to search for the gunman responsible for this horrific shooting, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether potentially fatal security lapse may also hold responsibility.
Was the gunman a resident of the Brandywine Townhouses and, if not, how did he gain access to the property? What access controls, such as a gated entry or security patrol were in place at the time of the shooting?
The shooting allegedly occurred outside. What outdoor security measures, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting and emergency call boxes were in place to protect residents and guests and deter crime?
Have there been previous incidents of crime on or near property and, if so, what efforts were made by the owner and management of Brandywine to improve resident and guest security?
As details of this shooting continue to emerge The Murray Law Firm believes it is possible the owner and management of Brandywine Townhouses may have failed in their duty to protect these four young victims.
By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests legally on property from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of violence on or near property, they must take extraordinary safety measures to protect against future crime.
Should Brandywine Townhouses have failed in this duty, the four injured victims may elect to hold the property owner and management civilly liable for their injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand the property finally make resident safety their first priority and also serve as a grave reminder to other local apartment owners. Perhaps, through these legal claims, many other young lives may be spared.
The victims and their families should retain an experienced premises liability firm immediately. Photographs and a thorough inspection must be performed on behalf of the victims without delay before any evidence, such as poor lighting, surveillance footage, or broken fencing, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of apartment violence and 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.