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Could this Columbus apartment shooting have been prevented are justice and compensation available to the victim?

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA NEWS

Security measures are under scrutiny following a Columbus apartment complex shooting January 25, 2019.

Columbus police told WRBL officers “responded to the scene at Warren Williams Homes at 1100 12th Street,” shortly before 11:30. The victim’s identity and current condition have not been released.

The apartment complex was the location of prior shooting investigations in May 2016April 2018August 2018, and September 2018, per Ledger-Enquirer, WRBL and WTVM reports.

Was negligent security a factor in this senseless shooting? Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the victim may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.

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 additional security measures, such as gated entry, fencing, bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were implemented by the apartment complex owner following media reports of prior violence on or near property?

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 seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for injuries.

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Following a disturbing history of violence, Columbus police and city leaders are now working with the Nelson Park and Wedgewood Village apartment complex owners to reduce crime and protect the thousands of families who call these complexes home.

A WOSU investigation reveals there have been “at least five murders at the Nelson Park Apartments” since May 2016. Despite this, city leaders “have been unable to shutter the complex, which was once again the scene of a fatal shooting [in February].” City Attorney Zach Klein told media, the owners have now “added security, installed new lighting and implemented new screening for tenants, including lifetime bans for some people.”

Mr. Klein also told WOSU, the “Wedgewood Village Apartments in the Hilltop…were the scene of at least seven homicides last year.” That complex is “home to about 2,000 people.” The property owners are apparently now “paying the Columbus Division of Police about $200,000 a year to station special-duty officers at the complex.”

These much-needed security measures will help to protect residents. However, the changes come too late for those families already devastated by violence on these properties.

Apartment Owner Responsibility and Resident Rights

Georgia apartment residents have a right to protect their families and feel safe and secure in their homes. By law, Georgia apartment owners have a responsibility to protect their residents from violent crime, sexual assault, and foreseeable harm. Should an apartment complex owner fail in this critical duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or deaths which occur as a consequence.

Victims of Georgia Apartment Assault or Injury: What Are My Legal Options for Justice and Compensation?

As each case and property is unique, victims of apartment crime should speak with an experienced security negligence firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

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