Security Negligence? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot in Hidden Hollow Apartment Robbery
A 16-year-old girl was reportedly shot during an attempted home invasion and robbery at the Hidden Hollow Apartments in southwest Atlanta Saturday, January 2, 2016.
According to WTVM News, police believe “two males followed the victim and a male friend home from a gas station convenience store and tried to take her hoverboard. One of the suspects tried to force his way into the apartment.”
The girl and her friend were apparently able to shut the door and throw the hoverboard outside. The suspects reportedly fired a shot into the apartment before fleeing with the hoverboard, striking the teenage girl in her lower back. She was transported to Grady Memorial with injuries.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether this harrowing assault may have been prevented and the level of security provided to residents of the apartment complex.
- How did the intruders gain entry to the property? What security measures and access-controls, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the home invasion?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owner and management to deter future crime?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security, the young victim and her family may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her injuries.
Based upon its extensive and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the apartment and property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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