Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Landings at Oak Hill Apartment Shooting
A 29-year-old woman was reportedly shot and killed inside a Landings at Oak Hill apartment home Friday morning, April 15, 2016.
According to Fox 54, the shooting occurred “around 3:45am at the Landings at Oak Hill apartment complex on the 4300 block of Flat Shoals Road in Union City.”
The 29-year-old victim was apparently struck by “one of several bullets [which] came through her window,” 11 News reports.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting, presumably leaving residents once again concerned for their safety. Per AJC.com, a fatal shooting reportedly occurred at the same complex in October 2015.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. Given the reported history of violence on property, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents of the apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the suspect gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owner and management, following the prior reported shooting, to deter such crime?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests 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, the victim’s family may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her wrongful death.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the apartment and property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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