Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

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Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 10.08.39 PMLocal News

28-year-old Lawrence Jackson was reportedly shot and injured at the Macon Road Chevron station in Columbus Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

WTVM News reports, Mr. Jackson was pumping air in his tire at the Chevron gas station, shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, when he was struck multiple times in his lower torso. Mr. Jackson was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

LuAnn Davis Wood told WTVM news she was robbed twice while working at the Chevron station. Police have not announced whether robbery is considered in a motive in the horrific attack.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal security lapse at the gas station may have contributed to the shooting.

Have there been previous robberies on property and, if so, what efforts were made by the gas station owner to improve safety and deter future crime?

What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and police patrols, were in place and working outside the gas station at the time of the shooting?

Given the alleged history of crime at the Chevron station, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible the owner and management of the Chevron gas station failed in their duty to protect Mr. Jackson.

By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a property owner have knowledge of previous violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement extraordinary security precautions to protect patrons and deter future crime.

Should the Chevron owner and management have failed in this duty, Mr. Jackson may elect to hold them civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude would demand the gas station finally implement adequate security measures and send a grave message to other local property owners on the need to make patron safety their first priority.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, is repaired damaged or destroyed. Mr. Jackson should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and his best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect 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 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Oak Forest Drive, Savannah

Oak Forest Drive, Savannah

Local News

26-year-old Jacob Grant was reportedly shot and injured during an attempted robbery at the Oak Forest Apartments in Savannah Friday, January 16, 2015.

According to WTOC News, Mr. Grant was in his Cadillac outside the Oak Forest Apartments when a gunman attempted to rob him. The assailant reportedly opened fire on Mr. Grant, shooting him through the back window of his vehicle. Per media reports, Mr. Grant managed to drive his vehicle from the scene and call police for help. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for injuries.

Savannah-Chatham police have not yet identified a suspect.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to investigate, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal security lapse may have contributed to this horrific shooting.

How did the gunman obtain access to the property? What access controls, such as security fencing, gated-entry, and ID card controlled access, were in place and working at the time of the shooting? 

The shooting apparently occurred outside in the apartment complex parking lot. What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, emergency call boxes, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime?

Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, what additional security precautions were implemented by the owner and management to protect residents and guests from such crime?

As the details of this shooting continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible the owner and management of Oak Forest failed to protect Mr. Grant. By law, Georgia apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests legally on premises from foreseeable harm. For example, should a property owner have knowledge of previous violence on or near property, they must take extraordinary precautions to protect residents and deter crime.

Should the owner and management of Oak Forest Apartments have failed in this duty, Mr. Grant may elect to hold them civilly liable for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude will demand Oak Forest implement proper security and send send a much-needed message to all Savannah apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority. Perhaps, through these legal claims, many other lives may be spared.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, is repaired, damaged or destroyed. Mr. Grant should retain an experienced premises liability attorney 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 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

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(Source: Macon Telegraph)

(Source: Macon Telegraph)

Local News

The family of 23-year-old Demontarius Lewis is reportedly still seeking answers and justice in the Olde English apartment shooting, which claimed his life four months ago, September 27, 2014.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Mr. Lewis was celebrating his 23rd birthday with a friend when they decided to attend a community block party outside the Olde English Apartments in Fort Valley. Gunfire apparently erupted around 2:00am, fatally striking Mr. Lewis. Despite the large crowd, which allegedly witnessed the shooting, the details remain unclear. One account alleges Mr. Lewis was shot while attempting to disarm a partygoer who produced a gun. Per media reports, Mr. Lewis was transported to the Medical Center of Peach County, where he succumbed to injuries shortly before 3:00am.

Family and friends are now celebrating his life as they mourn his passing. Girlfriend Vencia Robinson will remember Mr. Lewis as a “bright man” and “wonderful father” to his 2-year-old daughter, Saniyah Kanese Lewis.

Latricia Lewis Elder and Carlos Johnson are reportedly seeking justice and answers in their son’s death. “Me and his mom have been having a rough time,” Mr.  Johnson told media. “We’re just trying to find justice for our son.” Over four months later, Ms. Elder and Mr. Johnson are reportedly still awaiting lab reports and police have yet to identify a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for these answers, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this tragedy.

Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, what efforts were made by Olde English Apartments to improve security and deter crime?

How did the gunmen gain access to the property? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated entry, security patrols, surveillance cameras, security fencing, and bright lighting, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?

Where was apartment security and management at the time of the block party? What additional security measures were implemented to manage crowd control and protect guest and resident safety during the party?

As the details of this investigation continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests it is possible that the owner and management of Olde English Apartments failed in their duty to protect Mr. Lewis. By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests legally on property from any foreseeable harm. Should Olde English Apartments have failed in this responsibility, the family of Mr. Lewis may elect to pursue civil claims in his wrongful death.

Claims of this magnitude will demand Olde English Apartments, and other local apartment complexes, finally make resident and guest safety their first priority. By demanding property owners implement adequate security precaution to protect residents and deter crime, many other lives may be spared.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed on the family’s behalf without delay to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage, is preserved and their 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 478.246.1010. Consultations are free and confidential.

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