Security Failure? Angelo Spears Killed, Nicholas Valdez Injured in Corning, CA Motel Shooting.

Angelo Spears Loses Life, Nicholas Valdez Injured in Corning, CA Motel Shooting.

Angelo Spears Loses Life, Nicholas Valdez Injured in Corning, CA Motel Shooting. (Stock Photo:

Did negligent security contribute to this motel 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.


One man was killed and another man injured after a shooting at a Corning, CA motel Sunday night, August 9, 2020.

As reported by, “[o]fficers were dispatched around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9 to [a] motel after a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival, they found a trail of blood leading into one of the rooms.” is reporting, “[w]hile investigating, police say two people showed up at St. Elizabeths Hospital with bullet wounds. One of those people died from their injuries. The other was treated and released.

According to the report, “[t]he Corning Police Department has identified the two men shot at the motel as Angelo Spears and Nicholas Valdez, both of Corning…24-year-old Spears was shot in his chest and killed. 20-year-old Valdez was shot in his arm and was treated and released for the wound.”

The investigation is ongoing.



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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 there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
  • Was the motel 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 victims 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 motel owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the family of Angelo Spears may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.

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 Angelo Spears and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.


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