Did negligent security contribute to this tragic motel shooting and are justice and compensation available to Decarlos White’s family?
A young man was fatally shot at a Union City, Georgia motel early Saturday morning, April 6, 2019.
According to 11Alive.com, “a murder investigation is underway after a man was killed Motel 6 in Union City…officers responded to reports of gunshots at the motel on Flat Shoals Road at 12:50 a.m. Saturday morning and found a black man shot in the head.” The victim was identified as “23-year-old DeCarlos White of College Park,” reports 11Alive.com. According to Fox5Atlanta.com, “Decarlos White was shot in the hip and head when he stepped out of a spring break gathering at the Motel 6 on Flat Shoals Road.” Decarlos White’s mother, Muna White, told Fox5 “[o]nce it hit social media about a spring break party, people just started coming from everywhere.” Fox5Atlanta.com is reporting that ” Carlos may have been shot in a robbery attempt.”
Detectives are working on warrants for possible suspects according to the media outlets.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Motel guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the motel and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Was the motel aware of any improper activity before the incident occurred?
- What security measures, such as guarded-entry, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and visible security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. White and others at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the hotel owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Decarlos White’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Mr. White’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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