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Kennesaw State Placed on Lockdown after Deadly Shooting at TownPark Crossing

Could security measures have deterred the “drug related” crime that caused a lockdown at Kennesaw State?

Police locked down Kennesaw State’s campus after a “drug related” shooting at TownPark Crossing left one victim, who’s name has not been released, dead at the complex. Police began a search of the area after discovering the victim, including a portion of Kennesaw State’s campus. Students and faculty were instructed to shelter in place. Police then arrested a suspect believed to have been connected with the killing. This suspect’s name has also not been released.

In the state of Georgia, laws are in place which require landlords and owners of properties to make reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable crimes. Some of these measures, such as adequate lighting and visible security cameras, help deter crime; others, such as gated fencing and on-site security can discourage unauthorized individuals from trespassing on the property.

In October of last year, 14 warrants were issued for a gang related shooting at TownPark Crossing. Another shooting, in which the victim fortunately survived, also took place at the property. Online reviews paint a picture of absentee landlords, including complaints about the condition of the apartment, ranging from rodent and pest issues, to malfunctioning AC, fire alarms, and other equipment. When landlords fail to address obvious maintenance issues, it can be an indication that they are also not giving proper attention to security concerns.

Police can only do so much to prevent violent crime, but Georgia law recognizes that landlords can take meaningful measures to deter crime, and when they fail to respond to foreseeable threats, they can be held accountable in the civil justice system. It is up to the families of victims and the survivors of violent crime -- to demand justice. By filing a lawsuit, victims can hold landlords accountable, and perhaps give them the motivation necessary to make reasonable changes to prevent future tragedies. Together, we can Make Atlanta Safe, one community at a time.

We believe that when violent crime occurs on a property, the owners and management should be held accountable if they were aware of the risk, if they failed to warn patrons and guests, and if they did not implement reasonable security measures. The law is on our side. But only the survivors of violent crimes and the families of victims can stand up and demand justice. We can help.

It is up to survivors and their families to demand justice.

Only the survivors of violent crimes or the families of victims can use the civil court system to hold property owners and managers accountable when they fail to take reasonable precautions to protect tenants and guests from known threats. By holding them accountable, we can motivate property owners to make meaningful changes to prevent violent crime from happening to others. In that way, together, we can help Make Atlanta Safe.

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