24-year-old Omar Moore was reportedly shot and killed during a robbery at the Ashgrove Apartments in Stone Mountain Monday morning, July 6, 2015.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, officers responded to a robbery at the Ashgrove Apartments, on Hambrick Road, shortly after 2:00am. Mr. Moore was apparently discovered in serious, but responsive condition at the scene. Mr. Moore was able to tell officers he was shot by two men in an apparent robbery attempt inside the unit. The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to injuries. Mr. Moore’s children were reportedly inside the apartment at the time of the robbery. Their conditions have not been released.
Police are searching for the two gunmen.
Our Legal Take
As police continue their search for the two suspects, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potential apartment security lapse may have contributed to this tragic incident.
How did the assailants gain entry to the property? What property access-controls, such as security guards, surveillance cameras, bright lighting, fencing, and gated entry, were in place and working at the time of the break-in?
What individual apartment unit security measures, such as deadbolts, window locks, security bars, door viewers, and alarm systems, were in place to protect the resident? Did any such precautions fail?
Generally, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the Ashgrove Apartments owner and management company failed to provide adequate security, the family of Omar Moore may elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Under such a claim, the Moore family may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; and emotional distress.
Given the complexities of pursuing such a potential case, it is imperative that the Moore family immediately retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment complex security cases, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a through, unbiased inspection of the apartment and property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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