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Clayton County Officers Searching for Man Who Fired Gun in Southlake Mall

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to reports, a gun was set off accidentally by a man in the Southlake Mall Food Court on Friday in Clayton County. The man has not been detained as of now, but he is being plagued as a very irresponsible gun owner.

The reports detail that a man was getting up from a table when the gun fired from his waist. The man allegedly left after the bullet hit Food Court's tile floor. This resulted in tile fragments hitting and injuring two women.

Fortunately, neither woman suffered from any serious injuries.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline one of the offenses the unidentified suspect is most likely facing after the incident.

Reckless Conduct in Georgia

Reckless Conduct in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code as:

A person who causes bodily harm to or endangers the bodily safety of another person by consciously disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his act or omission will cause harm or endanger the safety of the other person and the disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation is guilty of a misdemeanor. O.C.G.A. §16-5-40.

Reckless conduct is classified as a misdemeanor in Georgia most of the time. The most interesting fact about reckless conduct is that it is not an offense that requires any sort of criminal intent to harm anyone or behave recklessly. The whole concept behind the offense is a person committing a dangerous and reckless act without behaving as a reasonable person would.

Practice Note

Whenever anyone is arrested for committing a crime in Georgia, proper representation is necessary. A Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can help you today.

Just because you have been arrested does not mean you are guilty. There are Georgia Criminal Defenses that can apply in the event of a wrongful arrest or accusation. Contact us now.

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