Fatal Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 2 Killed in Decatur Hotel Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the deaths of these two young brothers? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims’ family may have a claim for compensation.
Derrick and Johnathon Shields were reportedly killed in a shooting at the Affordable Hotel in Decatur Thursday morning, June 2, 2016.
According to CBS 46 News, the two brothers were fatally shot “at the Affordable Hotel on the 1900 block of Glenfair Road in Decatur,” around 2:00am. Officers apparently discovered the young men “inside a second-floor room,” per media reports.
Our Legal Take
Hotel guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. Given the reported history of gun-related activity on property, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to those at the hotel and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the second floor hotel room? What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, deadbolts, and security patrols, were in place to protect guests at the time of the shooting?
- Following any prior incidents of violence on property, were any additional security precautions implemented by the hotel owner or management to deter crime?
By law, property owners in Georgia 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 or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Derrick and Johnathon Shields may elect to seek justice and pursue legal claims for their wrongful deaths.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against property owners in the State of Georgia, 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.
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