Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Fatal Orchard Brook Apartment Shooting Gainesville
Gainesville Police are investigating a shooting outside of the Orchard Brook Apartments, which reportedly claimed the life of a 21-year-old man, Jaquerian Harrison, Monday night, April 11, 2016.
The fatal shooting occurred at the “Orchard Brook Apartments” complex, off McEver Road. The Gainesville Times reports, “the 21-year-old man was shot multiple times and was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.” According to AccessWDUN.com, the shooting occurred in “a common area” of the complex. The Gainesville Times is reporting that three men have been charged in connection with this tragic incident.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents of the Orchard Brook apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the suspect gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- 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 such 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 family of young Mr. Harrison may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in the State of 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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