Did negligent security contribute to this hotel shooting death and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to WVLT.tv, “the victim in the shooting was identified as John Townsend, 58. The second victim, who remained in critical condition as of October 20, was an employee at the Red Roof Inn.”
A shooting at a Knoxville, TN hotel Sunday night, October 11, 2020 claimed the life of one person and injured another.
As reported by KnoxNews.com, “[a]t 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a shooting at the Red Roof Inn at 5334 Central Avenue Pike. Officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to UT Medical Center in critical condition.”
According to the report, “preliminary investigation determined the shooting may have been a result of an attempted robbery by multiple suspects who fled the scene before officers arrived.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Hotel guests and visitors have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the hotel 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 hotel 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 hotel owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the family of John Townsend may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 family of John Townsend and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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