Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Decatur 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.
A teen boy lost his life after a shooting at a Decatur, Georgia apartment complex Tuesday evening, July 26, 2022.
As reported by Fox5Atlanta.com, “[the shooting] happened steps away from an apartment complex leasing office Tuesday evening.”
11Alive.com is reporting, “[a]round 6:35 p.m., officers were called to the 3300 block of Peppertree Circle in Decatur and located the boy.”
According to the report, “[t]he circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been released. The medical examiner tells 11Alive the boy’s name is Romello Heard.”
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 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 the victims 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 suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shootings?
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 complex lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the family of Romello Jazz Heard 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 the family of Romello Jazz Heard retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:
- A $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.
- Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a victim of gun violence at an apartment complex.
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