Did negligent security contribute to this motel shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A woman was shot and injured at a Lumberton, NC motel Monday night, June 22, 2020.
As reported by FayObserver.com, “Lumberton police were called to Southeastern Regional Medical Center after reports of a woman being shot.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers spoke with Oneisha Blackmon, 26, of Robinwood Drive in Red Springs, who had suffered a gunshot wound.”
WBTW.com is reporting, “Lumberton police said the woman told them she was picking up a family member at about 10:25 p.m. on Monday at [a] Motel…on Lackey Street when an argument broke out between several people at the motel. She said she was trying to leave the motel when she heard several gunshots and saw a person near the lobby door with a gun pointed in her direction.”
Per the report, “[t]he woman then realized she was shot and was driven to the Southeastern Regional Medical Center.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 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 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 motel owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, Oneisha Blackmon may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her 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 Oneisha Blackmon retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect her interests.
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