Could This Tragic Atlanta Apartment Shooting Have Been Prevented?
Gunfire reportedly erupted outside an Atlanta apartment complex Sunday morning, July 16, 2017, claiming the life of 29-year-old father of four, Deante Benton.
According to the AJC, the shooting occurred “in an apartment parking lot…in the 2000 block of Bent Creek Way.” WSB-TV 2 reports, Mr. Benton was heroically attempting to stop a fight involving his coworker when the dispute escalated into gunfire. Tragically, Mr. Benton succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene.
A second victim was apparently transported to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the legs. His identity and current condition have not been released.
Did negligent security contribute to this senseless loss of life? We represent individuals and families in Georgia who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security, and we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our Clients. Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia, or call now for a free consultation with out legal team: 404.842.1600.
Our Legal Take
Apartment complex 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 to those at the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Where was apartment management and security at the time of the initial altercation? Were any attempts made by apartment staff to call police or deescalate the situation prior to the shooting?
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 failed to provide adequate security, the family of Deante Benton may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other victim of this unconscionable shooting may also 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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