Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Park Place Apartment Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the shootings of this young man and his father? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim and his family may have a claim for compensation.
26-year-old Cedric Wilkerson was reportedly injured during a shooting at the Park Place Apartments Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Initial media reports indicate Mr. Wilkerson suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and back “during a disagreement,” shortly after 9:30pm. His current condition has not been released.
The Statesboro Herald reports, Mr. Wilkerson, “the victim of a shooting Saturday night at Statesboro’s Park Place Apartments, is the son of a man killed there in 2014.” Eric A. Reese was reportedly fatally shot at the complex in August 2014 while attempting to protect his daughter from a gang fight, per media reports.
Two years later, the victim’s family and residents are still calling for an end to violence. Police have allegedly responded to the complex 27 times for “fight and disorder calls” from January through May 2016.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. Given the reported history of gun-related activity on property, 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 gunman gain access to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Following any prior incidents of violence on property, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment complex owner or management company 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, Mr. Wilkerson may elect to seek justice and 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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