Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a DeKalb County apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire erupted at a Decatur, Georgia apartment complex Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2019, leaving one man injured. According to 11Alive.com, “[t]he shooting happened Wednesday at 4371 Glenwood Road – a complex listed as Austin Oaks Apartments.” Fox5Atlanta.com is reporting, “[o]fficers rushed to the Glenwood Road complex just after 1 p.m. Wednesday and found the man inside one of the units.” No suspects are in custody according to the media report.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, 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 what security changes were made to address any prior incidents?
- How was the suspect able to gain access on to the property?
Generally, property owners 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 failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, 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. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record 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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