According to Indy Star, a shooting took place inside the Motor 8 Inn located at 3731 Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46226.
Just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, a man was shot following an argument with another man in the hotel room. Apparently, the two men had been living in the hotel when one man, 29-year-old Shane Patton, came into the victim's room uninvited. An argument ensued before Patton allegedly hit the victim on his head and then shot him in the chest. Patton fled before police arrived, but they were able to apprehend him less than half a mile from the hotel. The victim was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition but died later that day.
Patton was on probation at the time of the shooting, and this was not the first time he had violated his probation. He is facing murder charges.
Police reported that this is not the first time they have been called to the hotel for a violent crime this year. Some of the prior incidents included battery, theft, and vandalism. Additionally, they were called approximately 100 times during 2021.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan provides legal guidance to the victims or the families of victims shot in hotels. Kevin recently outlined some vital information from his years of experience as a lawyer representing shooting victims.
"People, whether staying a short period during travel or extended stays, expect a hotel to be a safe place. Hotel owners can be held accountable for violent crimes, such as shootings, on their property. This is why it is necessary they have the proper security measures in place to reduce the risk of these incidents. This may include security patrols, upgraded room keys, and monitored entrances. A hotel owner can be deemed negligent if they do not provide these preventative measures."
"When a violent crime occurs, it can often alter the lives of the victim and their families. They are encouraged to seek out the legal guidance of an experienced shooting victim lawyer. The lawyer will gather any necessary evidence to prove the hotel neglected its security, allowing the crime to take place. They will inquire if previous criminal activity was prevalent in the area or at the hotel but that the hotel owner failed to provide adequate security for which they are legally responsible. In cases of neglect, where the crime is found to be reasonably foreseeable, the victim or their family may be awarded compensation."