Did negligent security contribute to this hotel shooting death and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to NBCNews.com, The victim in the fatal hotel shooting is identified as “Aidan Ellison, 19.”
A young man was shot at a Ashland, OR hotel early Monday morning, November 23, 2020.
As reported by FlashAlert.net, “[o]n November 23, 2020 at approximately 4:20 a.m. officers from the Ashland Police Department, assisted by the Phoenix Police Department, responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn, 555 Siskiyou BL.”
KTVL.com is reporting, “[w]hen [officers] arrived at the scene, authorities found the victim deceased, having suffered a single gunshot wound to his chest.”
According to KDRV.com, “[t]he investigation indicates that [the suspect] and the victim, who did not know each other, were engaged in an argument in the parking lot when [the suspect] pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot, striking the victim in the chest…the victim was 19 years old.”
The suspect was arrested on scene.
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Hotel guests and visitors have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the hotel 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 there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Was the hotel aware of any improper activity before the incident occurred?
- What security measures, such as guarded-entry, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and visible security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the shooting?
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 hotel owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the family of Aidan Ellison 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 Aidan Ellison retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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