Ralph Burras Killed in Southwest Atlanta Apartment Complex Shooting. (AJC.com)
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Southwest Atlanta 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 an Atlanta, Georgia apartment complex early Monday Morning, July 22, 2019, tragically claiming the life of a young man. As reported by AJC.com, “officers arrived just before 2 a.m. to…Apartments on Landrum Drive.” A body was found lying between cars in the parking lot. According to the report, “[r]elatives identified the victim as 21-year-old Ralph Burras.” No suspects have been identified, the investigation is ongoing.
This is apparently not the first report of violent activity in this area. AJC.com reported on a shooting homicide in April 2019 and Fox5Atlanta.com reported on a shooting incident in August 2017.
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 Ralph Burras 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 Ralph Burras 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 Ralph Burras’ family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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