Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 1 Shot, Injured in Memphis Hotel Robbery
Did negligent security contribute to the third reported shooting at the same hotel in less than a year? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation
A 37-year-old man reportedly suffered critical injuries during a robbery-shooting inside the Governor’s Inn hotel Monday, October 31, 2016.
WREG News reports, “[f]or the second time in just over a month, Memphis Police were back at the Governor’s Inn on Mt. Moriah to investigate a shooting inside the hotel.” The victim was apparently “getting off the elevator on the second floor when he was approached by a man in a black mask who demanded money and then shot him.”
The hotel was the subject of prior shooting investigations in September and May, per WREG reports. Per the news outlet, “[i]n September, a man was shot during a robbery at the hotel…[i]n May, a woman was also shot here.” A hotel “clerk” allegedly told WREG, “the hotel needs more cameras and locks on all the outer doors.”
Our Legal Take
Hotel guests have a right to feel safe and secure on the property that they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the hotel and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as guest screening, ID-controlled entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect guests at the time of the shooting?
- Was the hotel management aware of prior incidents of violence, as reported by WREG, and, if so, were any additional security measures implemented to protect patrons and deter crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the hotel owner or manager failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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