Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Fatal Warner Robins Motel Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the fatal shooting of Donell Hawkins? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
34-year-old Donell Nathaniel Hawkins was reportedly shot and killed outside the Budget Inn Motel on Watson Boulevard Tuesday night, June 28, 2016.
According to an interview with a Warner Robins police spokesperson as conducted by WMAZ 13 News, Warner Robins Police discovered Mr. Hawkins “outside” the Budget Inn motel with one gunshot wound to his “upper body.”
Police have apparently not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
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 to those at the motel and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
How did the gunman gain access to the property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to protect guests at the time of the shooting?
- June 2016 crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of burglaries, thefts and assualts in the surrounding area. Was the motel 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 motel owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Donell Hawkins may elect to seek justice and pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.
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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