Security Failure? Spring Valley Apartments Shooting in DeKalb County Catches 7-Year-Old Boy in the Crossfire.

7-Year-Old Boy Injured in the Crossfire of Shooting at Spring Valley Apartments in DeKalb County.

7-Year-Old Boy Injured in the Crossfire of Shooting at Spring Valley Apartments in DeKalb County. (

Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a DeKalb County apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim?  Read ‘Our Legal Take’ below to find out what legal options are available.


Gunfire erupted at a DeKalb County, Georgia apartment complex Sunday night, June 30, 2019, leaving one young boy injured.  According to, the shooting “happened at the Spring Valley Apartments on Misty Waters Drive around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.” Police said bullets were flying between two groups when one hit the boy in the arm. The boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now stable, according to the report.  This area has reportedly seen incidents of violence in the past. reported on a shooting in July 2018 and reported on a shooting homicide in October 2018.

No suspect has been identified and the incident remains under investigation.


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 the victim 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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his injuries. 

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 victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.


The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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