Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: 1 Killed, 5 Injured in Rockford Hotel Shooting



Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: 1 Killed, 5 Injured in Rockford Hotel Shooting

Did negligent security contribute to the death of this young man and the injury of several others? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims and their families may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation

Local News

A shooting at the Clock Tower Resort reportedly claimed the life of 23-year-old Marcello Brown and left several others injured Saturday, October 15, 2016.

According to, gunfire erupted during a birthday party “at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center,” fatally striking Mr. Brown and injuring “five others ages 18-21.” The shooting “followed a dispute among several people,” police told media.

Rockford police and code enforcement officers apparently “conducted a security check” following the shooting. “We were concerned about the life and safety of the occupants within the hotel and the associated businesses here,” Todd Cagnoni, Director of Community and Economic Development told “That was our predominant reason for being here, and from our inspections, we do have concerns.”

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 tragic loss of life 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 aware of a party on property and, if so, what security measures were in place to oversee crowd control? Were any attempts made by hotel management or security to safely and separately remove all those involved in the initial dispute, prior to an escalation to violence?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all patrons 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 family of Marcello Brown may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other victims of this shooting may elect to pursue legal claims for their 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 victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

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