Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Kennesaw 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 Kennesaw, Georgia apartment complex Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2019, leaving one person dead and two others injured.
As reported by WSBtv.com, “[t]he shooting happened Sunday afternoon at…Apartments off Hidden Forest Court — a complex mostly populated by Kennesaw State University students.”
According to the report, “18-year-old Oluwafemi Oyerinde of Lawrenceville was killed in the shooting [and]…18-year-olds Khalil Bennett of Grayson and Jarius Bonner were taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.”
WXGA.tv is reporting, “the shooting appears to have stemmed from a dispute between neighbors.”
Neighbors in the apartment said “they heard fighting in the apartment next door through the weekend” and those neighbors made a call to the clubhouse Friday night, according to WSBtv.com.
The investigation is ongoing.
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:
- Have there been prior similar incidents or complaints on the property, and, if so, were any precautions taken after any prior incidents?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Were concerns, in fact, voiced to property management prior to this incident and, if so, what efforts did property management undertake to address the concerns?
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, or failed to address concerns upon notice, the victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
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 the victim’s family and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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