Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Fatal Indian Trail Apartment Shooting, Norcross
Tragic and senseless gun violence has claimed the life of a 43-year-old Norcross man. The victim was reportedly shot and killed outside the Indian Trail Apartment Homes in Norcross Sunday, February 21, 2016.
According to WSBTV News, “police were called…to the Indian Trail Apartment Homes after receiving a report of shots fired.” Upon arrival, authorities found the victim “suffering from gunshot wounds lying in the parking lot.” Per media reports, the victim and his wife had apparently lived in the complex for about year.
Police have not yet identified a motive or suspect in the shooting, but witnesses apparently told police they saw a vehicle speeding away from the scene after hearing “six gunshots.”
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to residents of this apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman and vehicle gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect residents at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owner and management to deter such crime?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests 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 the victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the apartment and property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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