Fatal Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Bystander Killed in Hapeville Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the death of this innocent bystander? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A shootout outside the Summerdale apartment complex reportedly claimed the life of 59-year-old bystander, Gloria Starr-Armour, Monday, July 25, 2016.
According to WSBTV 2 News, Ms. Starr-Armour “was sitting inside a car around 5 p.m. at Summerdale Apartments on Old Hapeville Road when police say the people inside two cars at the entrance to the complex started shooting at each other.” Ms. Starr-Armour and her husband were apparently sitting in their vehicle at the gate when she was “caught in the crossfire.”
The Summerdale complex was apparently the subject of another fatal shooting in June, per AJC reports.
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 to those at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the suspects and their vehicles gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures, such as gated entry, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management 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 family of Mrs. Star-Armour may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her wrongful death.
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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