Motel Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Fatal Super 8 Motel Shooting
Weeks after the fatal shooting of 24-year-old young man at a Super 8 Motel, investigators are still searching for a gunman.
According to ABC 9 News, the victim was shot and killed in the Super 8 Motel parking lot, off Warm Springs Road, on Decemeber 18, 2015. Witnesses were apparently able to describe the suspect and a white four-door sedan fleeing the scene.
Columbus Police have now released a photograph of the vehicle and are asking for the public’s help in solving this violent crime.
Our Legal Take
Motel guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. As police continue to search for a gunman, The Murray Law Firm is questioning the level of security provided to guests of the motel and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- What motel parking lot security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting? Were parking lot surveillance cameras running and monitored at the time of the attack?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the motel owner or management to deter future crime?
By law, motel owners are required to protect all guests and visitors legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the motel owner or manager failed to provide adequate security, the family of young victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Based upon its extensive and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against hotels and motels in Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the motel and parking lot will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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