Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Hephzibah apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire erupted at a Hephzibah, Georgia apartment complex Tuesday night, May 21, 2019, leaving one man injured. According to WFXG.com, “on Tuesday, May 21 around 8:45 p.m., deputies responded to a call at Richmond Villas (3551 Windsor Spring Rd.)” AugustaChronicle.com is reporting, “[d]eputies found Gary Scott, 27, in the breezeway of building 2 with two gunshot wounds, one in his lower back and one to his left arm.” According to the report, “[Gary] Scott told deputies he was smoking in the breezeway outside his apartment door when he heard shots being fired. He realized he had been shot and ran into his apartment, where his girlfriend called the police.”
No suspect has been identified according to the media reports.
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 at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property?
- Was there any reports of suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
Generally, property owners 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 failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, 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. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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