Apartment Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 1 Injured in Savannah Shooting
A 47-year-old woman was reportedly shot and injured outside the Sustainable Fellwood Apartments Thursday night, January 21, 2016. Per WTOC.com, “[j]ust before 10:30 p.m….Savannah-Chatham Metro responded to a shooting in Sustainable Fellwood.”
According to Savannah Morning News, gunfire erupted outside the apartment complex and the 47-year-old woman, who police believe was a bystander, was apparently struck while attempting to flee for safety. She was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with injuries. Her current condition has not been released.
“Several residents of Sustainable Fellwood apartments reported vehicle and property damage,” according to reports, and police have apparently not yet identified suspects in the attack.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm is questioning the level of security provided to residents and guests of the apartment complex and whether this horrific incident may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, 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 victim 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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