Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a DeKalb County apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at a DeKalb County, Georgia apartment complex Friday afternoon, July 19, 2019, tragically claiming the life of a teen. As reported by Fox5Atlanta.com, “[t]he shooting happened around 3:15 p.m. at…Apartments located in the 3800 block of McElroy Road.” The victim was found in “the wooden gazebo area, right next to the playground,” with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen, leg, and head.
AJC.com is identifying the victim as “17-year-old Gerardo Cabrera-Perez.” [Mr.] Cabrera-Perez, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died, according to the report.
A suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect Gerardo Cabrera-Perezs at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the complex aware of any disturbances or suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the family of Gerardo Cabrera-Perez may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that Gerardo Cabrera-Perez’ family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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