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Negligent Security at Apartments? One Killed and Four Injured During Shooting at Fairway Gardens Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia

Posted By Danny Dalton | May 3 2022 | Negligent Security

Inadequate Security at Apartments? 22-year-old Delano Wells Jr. Shot and Killed at Fairway Gardens Apartments in Atlanta

Atlanta Police responded to a shooting on Saturday, April 30, 2022, around 10:00 p.m. at Fairway Gardens Apartments on Cleveland Avenue in Southeast Atlanta. Local news reports that a 22-year-old male was shot and killed and four others were injured. Some residents of the apartment complex expressed concerns about safety. According to police, the shooting was a senseless act of violence that started because of a dispute and escalated from there. The investigation is ongoing.

Days later, Sheryl Wells, the mother of Delano Wells, Jr., told reporters that her son died in her arms after defending his younger sister, Kassandra.

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:

Did the victim and the shooter know each other or have a prior history?

Did the shooter have a significant criminal history?

Was the shooter a tenant or a known person at this apartment complex?

What is the history of prior crime and police response at, and around, the Hidden Valley Apartments?

What security measures were in place at the Hidden Valley Apartments?

Where, precisely, did the shooting take place?

These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Although nothing can bring back a loved one taken too early by gun violence, answers and understanding can help in the long journey to healing.

How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Apartment Complexes?

Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, an experienced crime victim lawyer, represents crime victims and gunshot victims injured or killed in shootings, stabbings, and assaults at apartment complexes and commercial properties.

“Owners and property managers can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, controlled-access gates, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and cameras. 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. Owners and managers should request for the 9-1-1 calls for service logs, crime grids, and actual police reports. You can’t prevent all crime, but property owners should certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property.”

An experienced attorney at Mickelsen Dalton LLC can help determine if you have a claim and advise you of your options. Our attorneys have successfully represented dozens of gunshot and assault victims. Within the past three years, Mickelsen Dalton LLC has recovered over $40 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have been featured in Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and several other national news organizations.

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