Security Negligence? Marty Little Identified as Victim in Fatal Santa Fe, NM Hotel Shooting.

Marty Little Identified as Victim in Fatal Santa Fe, NM Hotel Shooting.

Marty Little Identified as Victim in Fatal Santa Fe, NM Hotel Shooting. (Stock Photo:

Did negligent security contribute to this hotel shooting 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, the victim was identified as “59-year-old Marty Little. Little, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, was pronounced dead around 5 a.m. Thursday.”

One man was shot at a Santa Fe, New Mexico hotel Saturday afternoon, May 29, 2021.

As reported by, “officers were called to the GreenTree Inn around 1 p.m. Saturday on a report of gunfire.” is reporting, “officers located a 59-year-old man in the parking lot…who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital and later a hospital in Albuquerque. He is currently in critical condition.”

According to the report, “after the shooting, the suspect threatened people who were staying at the hotel and stole their vehicle.”

The investigation is ongoing.


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 Marty Little may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.

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 Marty Little retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.


The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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