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Ungated Entrance to Macon Gardens Apartments

Ungated Entrance to Macon Gardens Apartments

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A shooting outside the Macon Gardens Apartments reportedly claimed the life of 19-year-old Tavarous Veal and injured 23-year-old Terry Brown Thursday evening, March 27, 2015.

According to The Macon Telegraph, Mr. Veal and Mr. Brown were sitting outside, around 7:30pm, when gunfire erupted in the parking lot of the Macon Gardens Apartments. Mr. Veal was reportedly struck in the shoulder and transported to Macon Medical Center, where he later succumbed to injuries. Mr. Brown suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, per media reports. His condition has not been released.

Police are now searching for multiple suspects who allegedly fled the scene in a white SUV.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the gunmen, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this shooting.

 Were the gunmen residents of Macon Gardens Apartments and, if not, how did they gain entry to the property? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated entry, security fencing, security patrols, surveillance cameras, and bright lighting, were in place at the time of the shooting?

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

Georgia apartment owners are required by law to protect all residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the Macon Gardens apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the family of Tavarous Veal and the injured victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for negligent security. Under such a claim, the the victims may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victims, but would also demand that Macon Gardens re-evaluate security measures. Perhaps, through this legal claim, many families may be spared such tragedy.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim’s family before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken gating, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the family’s interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing families who have lost a loved one as a consequence of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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A young man was reportedly killed in a fatal shooting outside the Cascade Pines Apartments early Wednesday morning, March 25, 2015.

According to the AJC, the victim was struck in the parking lot of the Cascade Pines Apartments, on Campbellton Road, shortly before 1:00am. The victim, a man in his 20s, reportedly collapsed in the breezeway outside of an apartment building.

Atlanta Police have are still seeking a suspect and motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for a gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal apartment security lapse may have contributed to this tragedy.

Campbellton Road Crime Map, March 2015 (spotcrime.com)

Campbellton Road Crime Map, March 2015 (spotcrime.com)

Was the gunman a resident of Cascade Pines and, if not, how did the shooter gain entry to the property? What access controls and security measures, such as gated entry, surveillance cameras, security fencing, security patrols, and bright lighting, were in place at the time of the shooting?

Crime reports indicate a staggering number of violent crimes in the surrounding community, including a fatal Deerfield Gardens apartment stabbing in January. What security precautions were implemented by the Cascade Pines owner and management to protect residents and deter crime following previous property violence?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the Cascade Pines owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim’s family may elect to pursue a legal claim in his wrongful death.  Under such a claim, the victim’s family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; loss of wages and future earning capacity; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim’s family, but would also demand that Cascade Pines re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Atlanta apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim’s family before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the family’s best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and sucessful experience in representing victims of security negligence, and we offer our legal expertise in this potential claim, if desired.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Police are reportedly investigating the fatal Portofino Apartment shooting, which claimed the life of a young man early Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

According to the AJC, Clarkston police responded to shots fired outside the Portofino Apartments, off Brockett Road, shortly after 2:30am Tuesday morning. Officers reportedly discovered the body of a male victim, in his 20s, between two cars in the apartment complex parking lot. The victim apparently perished at the scene from injuries associated with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police have yet to identify a gunman or motive in the brutal attack, leaving residents concerned for their safety.

Our Legal Take

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

Was the shooter a resident of Portofino Apartments and, if not, how did the assailant gain entry to the property? What access-controls and security measures, such as bright lighting, security fencing, gated-entry, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents and deter crime at the time of the shooting?

Georgia apartment owners are required by law to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. Should the Portofino apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the family of this victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for negligent security. Under such a claim, his family may be entitled substantial compensation that could include: pain and suffering; associated expenses; loss of financial support; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim’s family, but would also demand that the apartment complex re-evaluate security measures. Perhaps, through this legal claim, many families may be spared such tragedy.

Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim’s family before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the family’s interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing families who have lost a loved one as a consequence of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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