Did negligent security contribute to this Columbus motel shooting deaths and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A family was shot and killed at a Columbus, GA motel Saturday night, February 18, 2023.
As reported by WSBtv.com, “on Saturday at 9:09 p.m., officers received reports of a shooting at a [motel] on Victory Drive.”
According to the report, “[w]hen officers arrived, they found 53-year-old Michael Carter, Sr. and 19-year-old Michael Carter, Jr. with gunshot wounds inside the hotel room. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. In addition to the two men killed, officers said a woman and child were also shot during the incident.”
WTVM.com is reporting, “[o]n March 4, the woman victim, who was shot in the neck, died from her injuries. According to Muscogee Co. coroner, the woman has been identified as 50-year-old Tonya Carter. She was pronounced dead at 11:54 a.m. The 4-year-old boy, who was also shot, was transported to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta on Sunday morning, Feb. 19. The child has since been released from the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Motel guests and visitors have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the motel is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the motel owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the family of Michael Carter Sr., Michael Carter, Jr. and Tonya Carter may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the family of Michael Carter Sr., Michael Carter, Jr. and Tonya Carter retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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