Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Man Shot in Decatur Apartment Home Invasion
Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and home invasion? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A 61-year-old man was shot and injured during an attempted home invasion at the Austin Oaks Apartments Wednesday night, June 29, 2016.
According to FOX 5 News, the shooting occurred “at the Austin Oaks Apartments on Glenwood Road.” Police told media, “two teenagers tried to force their way into the apartment of a man in his 60s” and shots were fired. The 61-year-old apartment resident was reportedly transported to Grady Memorial with a gunshot wound to the chest. His current condition has not been released.
“One of the teen suspects was hit by gunfire and died from his injuries,” Fox 5 News reports. Police are still searching for the second suspect.
Per WSBTV.com and Examiner.com, The Austin Oaks complex was apparently the subject of prior shooting investigations in October 2015 and March 2013.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. Given the reported history of gun violence as indicated in the WSBTV.com and Examiner.com news stories, 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 suspects gain entry 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?
- Was the complex owner aware of any prior incidents of violence on or near property? If so, 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, the victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim 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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