$2,900,000 Settlement – Apartment Complex Shooting
Two young brothers were walking to their apartment when unknown assailants in an SUV pulled up and opened fire. The older brother, who was 20-years-old at the time, was shot in the buttock, with the bullet piercing his femoral artery. Emergency personnel were unable to save him and he died at the scene. The younger brother, who was 18-years-old, was shot in the arm and leg but survived his injuries. The assailants have yet to be identified or apprehended. Some residents in the apartment community believed that the brothers were targeted due to their alleged involvement in a home invasion in the community three days prior to the shooting. Shiver Hamilton was asked to investigate the case by another Atlanta firm. We assembled a team of experts and investigators who were able to determine that the brothers had no involvement in the home invasion. Lawsuits were filed on behalf of the young men against the owners of the apartment complex and the company that managed the property. Shiver Hamilton uncovered documents showing that the management company had repeatedly requested funding for security due to the high incidence of crime in the complex and was successful in locating witnesses who testified they were victims of crime in the complex. Shiver Hamilton was able to settle the claims for $2.9 million.