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.