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Katherine Calloway called 911 on May 26 reporting that she had been shot multiple times at the Days Inn motel on Roper Mountain Road in Greenville County, South Carolina. Although she was taken to the hospital, she passed away the next day on May 27, 2022. Katherine Calloway was 23 years old at the time of her death.
Tragically, it was later revealed that Calloway was 12 weeks pregnant at the time she was killed.
On June 2, 2022, Lt. Ryan Flood, with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, announced Michael Unique Washington Jr., 19, of Cardova, South Carolina, is being charged with murder and death of a child in utero during a violent crime for this incident.
The Sheriff’s Office shared that although the motive for the shooting remains unclear, Washington and Ms. Calloway did not know each other before the date of her death at the motel.
Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident. As they pertain to a potential civil case and lawsuit, important questions and areas of investigation might include:
How did the victim and the shooter meet?
Did the shooter have a significant criminal history?
Was the shooter a known person at this Days Inn Motel?
What is the history of prior crime and police response at, and around, the Days Inn Motel?
What security measures were in place at the Days Inn Motel?
Where, precisely, did the shooting take place on the property?
What led up to the shooting?
Answers to these questions can help to paint a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Owners and operators of motels such as the Days Inn have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their guests. When these a motel knows it has a problem with crime, they may be held liable when one of their customers is injured or killed in one of these instances of violent crime.
Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Dalton offered the following commentary on this incident:
“Owners and operators of businesses can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, video cameras, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and maintaining a clean motel in good repair can all help to deter crime. It is also important for property owners to request and monitor crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property so that they can evaluate what security measures are necessary. Too often Motels are aware of a problematic or dangerous guest or person on the property but fail to do anything about it. You can’t prevent all crime, but you can certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on your property.”
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