A double shooting outside the Rolling Bends apartment complex reportedly left one man and a 9-year-old child injured Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2015.
According to AJC, a 9-year-old child and an adult male were struck and injured by stray bullets outside the Rolling Bends apartment complex off Etheridge Drive Tuesday. A witness reportedly told police the gunman was attempting to break up a fight by opening fire outside the 2591 Etheridge Drive apartment buildings. Both victims were transported to the hospital with injuries. Their conditions have not been released.
Police have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting, leaving residents once again concerned for the safety of their families.
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is aware of prior criminal activity at the Etheridge Court-Rolling Bends complex, including fatal shootings in October 2010, July 2013, March 2014, and February 2015, and believes the violence must stop. Another shooting at this complex raises grave questions over resident safety and a potential pattern of security negligence.
What additional security precautions were taken by the owner and management company of the Rolling Bends Apartments, following previous property violence, to protect patrons and deter crime? How did any such safety measures fail?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the Rolling Bends apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victims and their families may elect to pursue a legal claim for their injuries. Under such a claim, 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; 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 the victims, but would also demand that Rolling Bends re-evaluate security measures. It would also serve as a grave warning to other Atlanta apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.
Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Atlanta area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victims before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken fencing, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the victims’ interests are protected.
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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of security negligence in Atlanta, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim 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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