22-year-old Sakevius Travonte Lovett was reportedly shot and injured outside the Nottingham North Apartments in Albany, Thursday night, May 7, 2015.
According to Albany Herald, Mr. Lovett and another man were standing in the apartment complex parking lot, around 10:30pm, when a they were approached by a man carrying a handgun. The gunman apparently shot Mr. Lovett when he attempted to escape. The victim was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with injuries.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
As police search for the gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this shooting.
How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures and access-controls, such as bright lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect residents and guests from any foreseeable harm. Should the Nottingham North apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, Sakevius Lovett may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries. Under such a claim, Mr. Lovett 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; disfigurement; 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. Lovett, but would also demand that the Nottingham North apartment complex re-evaluate security measures. It would also serve as a grave warning to other Albany apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.
Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Albany area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of Mr. Lovett 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 best interests are protected.
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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of apartment security negligence in Georgia, and we offer our legal assistance to the victims in this potential claim, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 229.389.4900. Consultations are free and confidential.
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