According to KCRA, a shooting took place at the Westin Sacramento located at 4800 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822.
At about 12:25 p.m. on October 19, 2021 police were called to a shooting at the hotel. They arrived to find two people suffering gunshot wounds just outside of the hotel. They were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Police reported that further investigation had led them to believe the shooting stemmed from a drug deal that began inside one of the hotel rooms.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is a violent crime attorney licensed in California. He has represented many shooting victims in civil lawsuits. Bobby recently shared his response to the common question, can I sue for being shot at a hotel.
"Hotel owners by law are responsible for keeping their property safe from preventable dangers. Guests expect to stay on the property without the risk of suffering preventable injuries, such as gunshot wounds. If a hotel owner falls short of implementing sufficient safety precautions, violent crimes could take place due to its negligent security. Often hotel owners could have prevented violent crimes had they not failed to fulfill this legal obligation. Preventative security measures could include patrolling security guards, surveillance cameras, and properly training staff to be aware of security risks."
"Furthermore, the hotel owner is responsible for increasing safety precautions to reflect any increase in crime on the property or area. Victims may have reasonable grounds to file a civil lawsuit against a negligent third party, such as the hotel owner, rather than the shooter if they could have prevented the crime. Victims that are desiring to recover damages should seek the counsel of an experienced violent crime attorney, as they may be entitled to compensation."