ABC 13 reports that at around 8:15 on Sunday night, a 17 year old was walking through the parking lot of a hotel located at 3200 W Sam Houston Pkwy S. This is where he was shot by someone who was in a car at the post office next door to the hotel. Two shots were fire and one went through the window of an empty hotel room.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, but was then flown to Texas Medical Center because of concerning injuries. Police are still investigating the incident, but hope that surveillance video can reveal a suspect and the motive of the shooting.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents hotel shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Mr. Lenahan has expressed his knowledge about the legal options available to these victims.
“There are various legal options open to victims and their families who have been injured or killed because of inadequate security. All hotel owners have a legal duty to protect those who visits their premises from any reasonably foreseeable harm. In order to do so, property owners must provide adequate security. This may include installing video surveillance and metal detectors, or hiring security guards”, stated Mr. Lenahan.
Mr. Lenahan continued: “A hotel owner must provide adequate security depending on the prior history of violent crime in that area. If a shooting occurs on the premises of a hotel due to inadequate security measures, the property owner may be held liable. Additionally, if that shooting was deemed reasonably foreseeable, then victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner. Hotel shootings can be complicated, if you have questions about your legal options it is best to speak with an experienced crime victim lawyer.”