According to NBC12, a shooting occurred at the Holiday Inn located at 8710 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235.
Just after midnight on Monday, January 31, 2022, police responded to a call at the hotel. They arrived to find a man with multiple gunshot wounds inside the hotel's lobby. Moments later, they found a second victim who had been shot inside a hotel room. The second victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the first victim was transported to a nearby hospital.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan is an experienced shooting victim lawyer who represents victims or their families in private civil lawsuits. We recently asked Kevin to share some of the legal options available for victims shot inside a hotel.
"Hotels, just like other property owners, have a responsibility to offer reasonable protection for their guests and staff. In order to provide preventative protection, they can implement a security plan that includes ample lighting in parking lots and courtyards, security monitoring cameras, updated room keys, and security personnel. Suppose a hotel owner does not offer sufficient security measures to reduce the risk of violence on their property and a crime occurs, like a shooting. In that case, the owner may be found liable in a private civil lawsuit."
"Furthermore, if the hotel owner is proved to be negligent, the victim's attorney will need to prove the crime was reasonably foreseeable. If the hotel owner failed to improve the property's security knowing of an increase in the risk of violent crime, crimes committed could be deemed foreseeable. In cases that involve foreseeable crimes and negligence security, the victim or their family should know they may have the option to file a civil lawsuit. They can explore their legal rights fully with the guidance of an experienced shooting victim lawyer."