Shouldn't there be the definite article before "residents of the notorious Sierra Ridge Apartments" in the following sentence?

Residents of the notorious Sierra Ridge Apartments in Northwest Atlanta started to panic Friday after dozens received a notice on their door: they must move out in 30 days. (Source)

When I say "residents of this building are not happy", should there always be the definite article before "residents", because apparently the "of" structure specifies which "residents"?


The definite article could be used if we are sure that all of the residents started to panic; the definite article would be omitted if we are not sure, or we know that only some residents started to panic.


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