Did negligent security contribute to these motel shooting deaths and injuries and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and the injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A shooting at an Indianapolis, Indiana motel Tuesday night, October 5, 2021 claimed the lives of two people and injured one other.
As reported by WTHR.com, “[t]wo people were killed in a shooting at an east Indianapolis motel Tuesday night. IMPD officers responded to a report of a person shot at 2851 N. Shadeland Ave., near East 30th Street, around 10:30 p.m….[o]fficers arrived to find two men with apparent gunshot wounds.”
According to the report, “[o]ne of the victims, later identified as 28-year-old Dailon Downing, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, later identified as 33-year-old Aaron Hamilton, was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries…[a] third person walked into Community East Hospital with a gunshot wound but was reportedly in stable condition.”
IndyStar.com is reporting, “[t]here had been a party in the second-floor room Tuesday night…[a]bout six or seven people were there, and they had been coming and going from the room throughout the night. Then, at 10:25 p.m., about five gunshots rang out.”
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 families of Dailon Downing and Aaron Hamilton may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 families of Dailon Downing and Aaron Hamilton and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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