Apartment Security Breach? Our Legal Take: Teen Killed in Oakley Shoals Apartment Shooting
An innocent 15-year-old was reportedly shot and killed at the Oakley Shoals apartment complex in Union City Sunday night, October 4, 2015.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a teenage girl was visiting with friends in the parking lot of the Oakley Shoals apartment complex, shortly before 8:30pm, when a group of men drove by and opened fire striking the young woman. The gunmen, who fled in a Chevrolet Malibu, were apparently targeting someone else, according to reports.
Our Legal Take
As police continue to search for suspects, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potential apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this tragedy. Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while in the community, and The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to those on the Oakley Shoals property.
- How did the vehicle and gunmen gain entry to the property? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and security patrols, were in place to protect residents and guests and deter crime?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions taken by the Oakley Shoals owner and management?
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 young victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for her wrongful death. Based upon its extensive and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against apartment complexes in 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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