Security Negligence? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot During Stockbridge Parking Lot Block Party
Was negligent security a factor in the weekend shooting of a 16-year-old girl?
A 16-year-old girl is reportedly in critical condition after being shot during a parking lot party, near the entrance to the Olivia Place apartments, Saturday, April 23, 2016.
According to WSBTV, “[t]he shooting took place during a large block party behind a strip of shops off North Henry Boulevard and at the entrance to Olivia Place apartments.” Fox 5 News reports, that the” [t]he shooting happened in a parking lot near an apartment complex,” while AJC.com reports that the shooting occurred after a “fight broke out at a pool party.”
Police apparently told media “more than 100 teens” were present when gunfire erupted, and AJC.com has reported that a 19-year-old male has been arrested that “may be involved in [the] weekend shooting.”
Our Legal Take
Parking lot and apartment patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on premises of the establishment they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to those in the parking lot where this senseless shooting occurred and whether this horrific attack may have been prevented.
- Was the property owner or manager aware of the large gathering of minors and, if so, were any attempts made to disperse the crowd prior to violence? What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the property owner to deter such crime?
By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that owners or managers of the parking lot or apartment complex failed to provide adequate security, the young victim and her family may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her injuries.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against property owners in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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