A terrifying incident broke out at the Waverly Pointe Apartments Tuesday night (July 26, 2022) in Macon, Georgia, leaving two individuals dead and at least two more seriously injured. Police say that a crowd was starting to gather outside of the apartments when gunfire erupted.
Corner Leon Jones identified the victims of the terrible shooting. According to Jones, 17-year-old Jayden Ellington and 26-year-old Roctavia Edwards were pronounced dead. Jones also stated that 17-year-old Devin Washington is, unfortunately, in critical condition at Atrium Health Navicent and 18-year-old Christian Edwards is in stable condition at Atrium Health Navicent.
Residents of The Waverly Pointe Apartments, located at 624 Forest Hill Road in Macon, also recently suffered from a fire in the complex. Reviews of the Waverly Pointe Apartments note the frequent management changes and complaints about security gates not working.
The investigation is still in its early stages, and so Police have not publicly identified a suspect or suspects and have not discussed a potential motive. Although little is known about the circumstances surrounding this shooting, the victims of this incident may have a legal claim, especially given the catastrophic nature of this incident.
Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident. As they pertain to a civil case, important questions and areas of investigation might include:
Why were people gathering outside?
Were the people residents? Guests? Trespassers?
How long were people gathered, and what led up to the shooting?
Did the victims and the shooters know each other or have a prior history?
Did the shooters have a significant criminal history?
What security measures were in place at the Apartment Complex, and were those functioning at the time?
Who were the shooters intending to shoot?
These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it should have been prevented. As gun violence continues to be a problem in Macon, answers and understanding can help prevent future gun violence in the community.
Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others, including those shot and killed at apartment complexes. Mr. Dalton offered the following commentary on this situation:
“Owners and property managers can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, functioning security gates, adequate lighting, secured fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and visible cameras can all help to deter crime. It is also important for property owners to request and monitor crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property so that they can evaluate what security measures are necessary. Carefully tracking incidents with tenants and guests can also help prevent violence. If someone has been a problem on the property, they should not be allowed to return for the safety of the tenants and their guests. You can’t prevent all crime, but property owners should certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property and risking tenants’ safety.”
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