As reported by WFLA News Channel 8, three college athletes were injured following a shooting that took place in the Stadium Hotel located at 21485 NW 27th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.
At approximately 12 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, gunshots were heard inside the hotel. Three students that are believed to be members of the ASA college football team were injured. One of the victims was critically injured, while the other two suffered minor injuries. The victims were transported to the hospital for treatment of their wounds.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was detained. The police are still investigating what led up to the shooting.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard has worked with numerous victims in civil lawsuits as an experienced violent crimes lawyer. During an interview, Haggard shared some insight on the legal options of victims shot at a hotel:
"Hotels have a legal duty to protect their patrons and customers while they are on their property. It should be a top priority to try to implement all safety measures possible. Surveillance, ample lighting in and around the property, and well-trained employees are all security measures that should be a high priority and put in place for the security of those staying on the property. Victims, along with their families, have a legal right to question the hotel regarding their security measures. Victims' families may even have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the hotel owners and management if a lawyer can prove that they did not do their job to protect individuals in the event of a shooting."
"Hotel owners and management can be held liable if a crime is seen to be reasonably foreseeable, in the case of a violent crime. An example of a foreseeable crime could include if the crime rates rise in the area, and the hotel fails to increase their security accordingly, and a crime takes place. If the owner is found negligent during reasonably foreseeable violent crimes cases, victims and their families may have the legal option to pursue a civil lawsuit and are encouraged to seek the aid of an experienced violent crime attorney."