Negligent Security? – 39-Year-Old Patrick Jones Shot and Killed at Apartment Complex in Lawrenceville, Georgia and 49-Year-Old Kevin March Injured
Saturday night, shots rang out at an apartment complex on Britain Drive in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Gwinnett County Police responded to the scene where they found 39-year-old Patrick Jones outside an apartment building. Jones was dead on the scene. Police also found 49-year-old Kevin March a short distance away with several gunshot wounds. March was transported to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition and is fighting for his life. Police do not know what led up to the shooting at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Investigation and Questions
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 Mr. Jones and Mr. March at the apartment complex?
- Who were the shooters involved?
- Were they residents? Guests? Trespassers?
- How long were they gathered, and what led up to the shooting?
- Did the victims and the shooters know 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?
These questions can help paint a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it should have been prevented. As gun violence continues to be a problem in Lawrenceville, answers and understanding can help prevent future gun violence in the community.
How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Apartment Complexes?
Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, 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. Mickelsen 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, adequate lighting, secured fences, 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 customer safety.”
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