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 young girl shot at a Jacksonville, FL motel Wednesday night, April 20, 2022.
As reported by ActionNewsJax.com, “A 10-year-old girl was shot while she was playing with another 11-year-old girl at America’s Best Inn on Wednesday…[t]he Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to the inn located at 8220 Dix Ellis Trail around 8 p.m.”
News4Jax.com is reporting, “investigators determined there was some sort of altercation, saying a man on the top level of the motel was arguing with people in a sedan. “
According to the report, “the man on the second floor began firing shots at the vehicle, which fled the scene. During the shooting, the 10-year-old female and an 11-year-old female began running, and that’s when the 10-year-old was struck with a bullet.”
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 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 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 victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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