Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: 2 Injured in Decatur Hotel Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to this hotel shooting? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation.
Two men were reportedly shot and injured in what police believe may have been a robbery at the Gulf American Inn Hotel Saturday, October 1, 2016.
According to 11 Alive News, “police responded to the Gulf American Inn Hotel on Flat Shoals Parkway to reports of gunfire.” They apparently discovered two victims, 20- and 30-years-old, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both men were transported to the hospital with injuries. Their current conditions have not been released.
Police apparently told media, “robbery might have been a motive for the shooting, but that is still under investigation.”
Our Legal Take
Hotel guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. 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 access to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, guest screening, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect guests at the time of the shooting?
- Was the hotel owner aware of any prior criminal activity on or near property? If so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the property 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 victims may elect to seek justice and pursue legal claims for their injuries.
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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