Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot Outside Macon Apartment
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a claim for compensation.
19-year-old Harold Johnson was reportedly shot and injured outside the Westminster Apartments Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016.
NBC 41 News reports, “at around 2:45, deputies responded to a call of a person shot at Westminster Apartments on North Atwood Drive.” Police apparently discovered the young man “lying outside the apartment complex with a gunshot wound to his abdomen,” and he was transported for emergency care “in critical, but stable condition.” His current condition has not been released.
Police have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting, presumably leaving residents concerned for the safety of their families. Media reports indicate a teenage girl was fatally shot at the complex in December, 2015.
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 shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain access to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Following any prior incidents of violence on property, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner or management company 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, Mr. Johnson may elect to seek justice and pursue legal claims for his injuries.
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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