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Ungated Entry into Brandywine Townhouses

Ungated Entry into Brandywine Townhouses

Local News

A shooting outside the Brandywine Townhouses on Mount Zion Road reportedly left four young victims injured Monday evening, October 13, 2014.

According to 11 Alive News, a gumman shot into a small group of  17- to 20-year-olds outside the Brandywine Townhouses around 10:00pm Monday. The young victims were apparently standing together in the 85 Mount Zion Road complex when a man approached them and opened fire with a shotgun. The suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot.

All four victims were transported to the hospital for injuries and have since been listed in stable condition. Authorities have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue to search for the gunman responsible for this horrific shooting, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether potentially fatal security lapse may also hold responsibility.

Was the gunman a resident of the Brandywine Townhouses and, if not, how did he gain access to the property? What access controls, such as a gated entry or security patrol were in place at the time of the shooting?

The shooting allegedly occurred outside. What outdoor security measures, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting and emergency call boxes were in place to protect residents and guests and deter crime?

Have there been previous incidents of crime on or near property and, if so, what efforts were made by the owner and management of Brandywine to improve resident and guest security? 

As details of this shooting continue to emerge The Murray Law Firm believes it is possible the owner and management of Brandywine Townhouses may have failed in their duty to protect these four young victims.

By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests legally on property from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of violence on or near property, they must take extraordinary safety measures to protect against future crime.

Should Brandywine Townhouses have failed in this duty, the four injured victims may elect to hold the property owner and management civilly liable for their injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand the property finally make resident safety their first priority and also serve as a grave reminder to other local apartment owners. Perhaps, through these legal claims, many other young lives may be spared.

The victims and their families should retain an experienced premises liability firm immediately. Photographs and a thorough inspection must be performed on behalf of the victims without delay before any evidence, such as poor lighting, surveillance footage, or broken fencing, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of apartment violence and negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. 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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Terrence Robinson Shot in Alley Outside Tailgators Sports Bar (Gwinnett Daily Post)

Terrence Robinson Shot Outside Tailgators Sports Bar (Gwinnett Daily Post)

Local News

37-year-old Terrence Robinson was reportedly killed in a shooting outside Tailgators Sports Bar in Lawrenceville Friday evening, October 10, 2014.

According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, police are searching for a gunman in the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old Lawrenceville father, Terrence Robinson.

Mr. Robinson was apparently a regular at the Tailgators Sports Bar and Grill over the last seven years. Several friends  reportedly gathered with Mr. Robinson at Tailgators Sports Bar and Grill shortly before 10:00pm Friday evening. Police Spokesman Maj. Paul King told media Mr. Robinson was shot while standing in the alley way outside Tailgators Sports Bar and Grill.

Witness and friend, Jennifer Wise, reportedly “heard a pow” and shouts for someone to call 911. “We waited four or five minutes, nobody came, so we put him in the car and took him to the hospital,” said Ms. Wise. Mr. Robinson was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in a friend’s vehicle, where he later succumbed to injuries.

Per media reports, police have yet to identify a motive or suspect in the shooting. However, several witnesses allege a man has been seen loitering in the alleyway outside the bar over the previous two weeks.

Friends and family are now hoping to identify this person and find justice in the death of this friend and father.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for a gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a fatal security lapse may also hold responsibility in the death of Mr. Robinson.

What additional security measures, such as bright lighting and surveillance cameras, were placed in the bar alleyway to deter crime and protect patrons following reports of a loitering person?

Friends of Mr. Robinson reportedly waited for help for five minutes before finally taking him to the hospital. Where was the bar security and management during this critical time? What attempts were made by the bar staff and security to assist Mr. Robinson and contact police?

What outdoor security measures were available to Mr. Robinson at the time of the shooting? Does the shopping center or bar provide security patrols and, if so, where were they at the time of the shooting?

As the details of this investigation continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm believes it is possible that Tailgators Sports Bar and Grill failed in their duty to protect Terrence Robinson. Under Georgia law, property owners are required to protect those patrons legally on their premises from foreseeable risks. For example, should a nightclub owner have knowledge of previous incidents of violence on or near their property, it is their responsibility to take all precautions necessary to protect patrons from future acts of such violence. If they fail in this duty, the property owner and management may be held liable for all deaths and injuries that occur as a consequence.

Should Tailgators be found at fault in this shooting, the family of Mr. Robinson may elect to hold the nightclub civilly liable for his wrongful death. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, would demand all Lawrenceville nightclubs finally make patron safety a priority.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of nightclub violence, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. 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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Fire safety standards are in question at Senior Care America 2, a Lawrenceville assisted living home, after a Monday evening fire reportedly claimed the life of Hak Sun Park and injured another elderly resident.

According to the AJC, emergency crews were called to 828 Rock Springs Road around 8:30pm Monday evening. Firefighters reportedly discovered a personal care home, Senior Care America 2, in flames and billowing smoke upon arrival.

88-year-old Hak Sun Park was apparently trapped inside the burning home. Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge told media Ms. Park was located and removed through a window. She was reportedly transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where she later perished from injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation.

An 85-year-old male resident was also transported to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. He was discovered conscious, outside the burning home. His condition has not been released. Six others reportedly escaped the fire without injuries.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports the fire is believed to have started in the injured man’s room, though they have not released details. Ms. Park was allegedly in her locked room at the time of evacuation.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the incident closely and questions whether a fatal fire safety lapse may have contributed to this tragedy.

What emergency evacuation procedures were in place to safely evacuate elderly residents from the building during a fire? How did these measures fail to protect Ms. Park and the other victim? What was the staff to resident ratio at that time of the fire?

Was Ms. Park physically able to leave the home herself during an emergency? If not, what procedures were in place to address the emergency evacuation of physically disabled residents?

Ms. Park’s room was reportedly locked during the evacuation. Are the facility doors set to open automatically during a fire? Does management have a master key for emergencies?

The fire allegedly broke out in a resident room. When were rooms last inspected by a fire marshall? How frequently are resident rooms inspected for fire hazards by staff? Do staff monitor resident use of cigarettes and space heaters in rooms, particularly near oxygen tanks? 

As the details of this fire continue to develop, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the Senior Care America 2 facility failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents legally on the premises. Under Georgia law, an owner and management company of a nursing home has a duty to protect residents and to keep the its premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur.

Should the personal care home be found at fault in this tragedy, the family of Ms. Park may elect to hold the owner or management company civilly liable for her wrongful death. Additionally, the other victim and his family may also elect to hold the assisted living home owner or management company liable for his injuries.

Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will send a gravely-needed message to all Georgia senior living facilities on the need to make resident safety their first priority.

However, as insurance companies and unscrupulous parties are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that an experienced premises liability firm be retained as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as fire hazards and surveillance footage, is preserved and the family’s best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of nursing home negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. 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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