Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Man Injured in Augusta Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a claim for compensation.
A 21-year-old man was reportedly shot and injured outside the Salem Arms apartment complex Tuesday evening, May 31, 2016.
According to WJBF News, the shooting occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. at “the Salem Arms apartment complex off of Windsor Spring Road.” The victim was transported to the hospital and listed in “serious but stable condition,” per WFXG News reports.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting. The Salem Arms property has a reported history of gun-violence, with WRDW.com reporting on a fatal shooting at the complex in October 2009.
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-related activity on property, 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 gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents and guests at the time of the shooting?
- Following any prior incidents of violence on or near property, 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 legal claims 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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