Articles Posted in Premises Liability/Negligent Security

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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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Police are reportedly investigating the fatal Prato Midtown apartment robbery, which claimed the life of 39-year-old Kagan Williams Friday, March 20, 2015.

According to WSBTV News, two masked assailants broke into a Prato Midtown apartment home around 11:00pm Friday evening. Mr. Williams apparently suffered a fatal gunshot wound shot during the robbery-home invasion. Emergency crews transported Mr. Williams to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to injuries, per media reports.

Police have yet to identify the two suspects or explain how they were able to gain access to the gated community, leaving many residents terrified for the safety of their families.

Our Legal Take

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

March 2015 Crime Map of Midtown Robberies, Thefts and Shootings (spotcrime.com)

March 2015 Crime Map of Midtown Robberies, Thefts and Shootings (spotcrime.com)

Were the gunmen residents of Prato Midtown and, if not, how were they able to gain entry to the property? Was the apartment gated entry system working at the time of the home invasion? What other access-controls and security measures, such as security patrols, fencing, bright lighting and surveillance cameras, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?

March crime reports indicate a staggering number of violent crimes in the community surrounding the apartment complex. What security precautions have been implemented by the Prato Midtown owner and management company to protect residents and deter crime on property?

Apartment owners are required by law to protect residents from any foreseeable harm. Should the Prato Midtown apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the family of Kagan Williams may elect to pursue a legal claim for negligent security. Under such a claim, the 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 Mr. William’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 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 shooting outside the 50 Yardline sports bar left one woman injured early Monday morning, March 23, 2015.

According to the AJC, gunfire erupted in the parking lot outside of the 50 Yardline sports bar on Old National Highway, around 4:30am Monday morning. A woman, who had reportedly been inside the bar with friends shortly before the shooting occurred, suffered a gunshot wound to the face. She was transported to the hospital with injuries, per media reports. Her condition has not been released.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

Disconcertingly, the shooting is apparently not the first to occur at this property. The Murray Law Firm is aware of, and has spoken with, individuals involved in a prior shooting at the property. A second shooting at this establishment raises grave questions over patron safety and a potential pattern of security negligence.

What additional security measures were implemented by the owner and management of the 50 Yardline sports bar following the previous property shooting?

What parking lot security measures, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting and a security or police presence, were in place to protect patrons and deter crime?

By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the 50 Yardline owner and management company, or the owner and management company of the adjoining parking lot, have failed in this legal duty, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for her injuries.  Under such a claim, the victim 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 victim, but would also demand that 50 Yardline re-evaluate security measures.  It would also serve as a grave warning to other Atlanta bar owners to make guest 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 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 victim’s 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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