Bonos Dell was reportedly shot and injured during an attempted robbery at the Greystone at Inverness Apartments Friday, September 12, 2014.
According to WTVM News, police believe the shooting occurred during an attempted robbery at the Greystone at Inverness Apartments, located in the 1900 block of Inverness Way in Columbus, GA.
Mr. Dell was reportedly transported to Midtown Medical Center for injuries sustained during the shooting and attempted robbery. Media reports indicate his injuries are non-life threatening.
Columbus Police are still searching for a suspect.
Our Legal Take
As authorities continue to search for a gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may have contributed to this horrific shooting.
Media footage of the scene reveals officers investigating with flashlights in what appears to be a very dark parking lot. What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, emergency call boxes and security patrols, were in place and working to deter crime and protect residents on the apartment grounds?
Was the gunman a resident of Greystone at Inverness Apartments and, if not, how did he gain access to the property? What access-controls, such as a gated entry, security guard, security fence and ID card system, were in place and working at the time of the shooting? How did these measures fail?
Georgia law requires property owners to protect all those legally on their premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment owner have knowledge of previous crime on or near their property, they have a duty to take extraordinary measures to protect residents and deter future crime. Should they fail in this duty, the apartment owner and management may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a consequence.
Should the owner and management of Greystone at Inverness have failed in their duty to protect Bonos Dell, he may elect to file civil claims for his injuries. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, would demand Greystone at Inverness employ proper safety precautions to protect residents and guests. Further, such claims will send a much-needed message to all local apartment owners on the need to make resident safety their first priority
Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed on Mr. Dell’s behalf before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Mr. Dell should seek an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and his best interests are protected.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.