Fatal Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: UWG Student Killed in Carrollton Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the death of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A shooting at the River Pointe apartment complex reportedly claimed the life of a young 23-year-old University of West Georgia student Wednesday afternoon, October 26, 2016.
According to WSBTV 2 News, the young man “was killed in his own apartment at the River Pointe Apartments…around 4:30 p.m.” His roommates apparently told investigators they heard a knock at the door followed by gunfire. The roommates rushed out of their rooms and discovered the young man in the front doorway suffering from a gunshot wound. Per a subsequent WSB report, “Carrollton police think [the] shooting was part of a robbery.”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to those at the apartment complex and whether this tragic loss of life may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those 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 the young victim 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 property owners in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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