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The Lodge Apartment Shooting, Carjacking in Sandy Springs (WSBTV)

The Lodge Apartment Shooting, Sandy Springs (WSBTV)

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.

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Madison on the Green Apartments, Augusta

Madison on the Green Apartments, Augusta

An Augusta woman was sexually assaulted at knife-point in her apartment complex Sunday evening, July 13, 2014.

The Augusta Chronicle reports, a female resident was walking toward her apartment inside the Madison on the Green apartment complex when she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man at knife-point. The woman was able to break free of her assailant and run to her apartment, where she dialed 911.

Richmond County Police are searching for a suspect, “described as a black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks about 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing red gym shorts, a white T-shirt and white shoes.” Anyone with information is encouraged to call violent crimes investigators with Richmond County police.

Our Legal Take

The Augusta community is now rallying in support of the victim and calling for an end to the growing violence in this area. A Georgia premises liability firm, dedicated to ending apartment complex violence and property owner negligence, is now questioning whether a potentially fatal security lapse at the Madison on the Green apartments may have contributed to this horrific attack. The Murray Law Firm investigates:

Un-Gated Apartment Entrance at Arby's Drive-Through

Ungated Apartment Entrance at Arby’s Drive-Through

While there are chain-link fences along some perimeters of this complex, multiple entrances to this community appear to be ungated. One visible entrance is located off a high-traffic main road, backing up to a fast food drive-through. What security measures have been implemented to monitor and restrict access to the apartment complex?

The attack occurred outside in the evening. What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols and emergency call boxes, were available to the victim at the time of this attack? Are there surveillance cameras monitoring the grounds and entrances to protect residents and deter violence?

Should Madison on the Green be found at fault for failing to protect this resident, the survivor of this assault may elect to hold the apartment complex civilly liable. A claim of this magnitude may be in the millions of dollars and would, most importantly, demand Madison on the Green and other local apartment owners finally make resident safety their first priority.

Photographs and a thorough inspection will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as broken lighting or surveillance footage, may be damaged, repaired or destroyed. The survivor of this assault should contact an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise to the victim, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800.

 

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Alleged Suspects in Westwood Apartment Shooting (WAGT News)

Four Alleged Suspects in Westwood Club Apartment Shooting (WAGT News)

25-year-old Jamal Fielding was injured during an attempted armed robbery at the Westwood Club Apartments early Monday morning, July 14, 2014.

According to WRDW News, Jamal Fielding was sitting on a bench outside the Westwood Club Apartment clubhouse just after midnight Monday morning. Four armed suspects approached Mr. Fielding, two male and two female, demanding money and jewelry.

One of the male suspects opened fire on Mr. Fielding when he refused to cooperate, shooting him in the right thigh. Mr. Fielding fled to his apartment where his girlfriend called 911. Emergency crews transported Mr. Fielding to the hospital. His condition has not yet been released.

Police are still searching for the four suspects.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for the four assailants, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether another party may also hold responsibility in this attack, Westwood Club Apartments.

Have their been previous incidents of violence on or near the apartment complex property and, if so, what efforts were made by the apartment owner and management to improve security throughout the property?

Surveillance stills show the alleged suspects. Was a security patrol monitoring these cameras at the time of the shooting?

Are the alleged suspects residents of the apartment complex and, if not, how did they gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as a security gate, ID card system and security guard, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?

Apartment complex owners are required by Georgia law to protect all those legally on premises from foreseeable harm. Should they fail in this duty, they may be held responsible for all injuries and wrongful deaths suffered as a consequence. As the details of this investigation continue to develop, Jamal Fielding may elect to hold the owner and management of Westwood Club Apartments civilly liable for his injuries. Total recovery may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and would demand Westwood Club Apartments, and other local property owners, finally implement safety measures to ensure resident and guest safety.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive expertise in protecting the 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.