Did negligent security contribute to this motel shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Multiple people were shot and injured at a Wichita, KS motel early Saturday morning, June 20, 2020.
As reported by KTEN.com, “[a]round 3 a.m., police were sent to the Super 8 near Rock Road and 37th Street North. When they arrived, they found shell casings spread over a large area in the hotel parking lot.”
HaysPost.com is reporting, “officers contacted a 20-year-old male, an 18-year-old male, and a 65-year-old female who all had sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. They were transported to area hospitals for medical treatment…[a] 19-year-old male and a 24-year-old male who were at the incident on Rock road later arrived at an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the report, “[t]he investigation revealed a party was occurring in a room of the motel, and a disturbance ensued. The disturbance continued outside, leading to multiple shots being fired, striking the five individuals. The 65-year-old was struck while in a room and was not part of the disturbance.” The 65-year-old victim was in her hotel room, when a bullet went through the wall and hit her.
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, the victims 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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