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Negligent Security? 26-year-old Tony Cannon Shot and Killed at Emerald Motel in Seattle, Washington

Posted By Danny Dalton | May 24 2022 | Negligent Security

Dangerous Motel? Shooting at Emerald Motel in Seattle Leaves Tony Cannon Dead

Local news reports that at around 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, shots rang out at the Emerald Motel in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood. Officers arrived at the scene and found a 26-year-old Tony Cannon of Stockton, California with a gunshot wound lying the motel parking lot, which is on the 12000 block of Aurora Avenue North. Mr. Cannon was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later died. Police arrested Johnathan Stanley, who was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, for the murder of Mr. Cannon.

Emerald Motel is a hot spot for crime. According to online reviews, the motel has “drug attics around” and “this place is full of hookers and drug dealers at night.” Another guest adds, “the place is full of gang activity and prostitution.”

Top 10 Signs of a Dangerous Motel:

Poor lighting


Broken Windows and Trash


Rooms rented by hour

Extended-stay rentals

General High-Crime Area

Drug activity and paraphernalia

Bars on Windows and at Motel Office

Poor Online Reviews

How to Prevent Violence at Motels and Hotels?

Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, an experienced crime victim lawyer, represents crime victims and gunshot victims injured or killed in shootings, stabbings, and assaults at hotels, motels, and other commercial properties.

“Motels or hotels can be hot spots for crime and the out-of-town guests staying there oftentimes have no idea what they are walking into. I always encourage guests to read the reviews. Poor lighting conditions and loitering are key signs that danger may be near. The hospitality industry has a responsibility to their guests to provide a clean and safe environment. This is best achieved where there is adequate lighting, cameras, and security patrols.”

An experienced attorney at Mickelsen Dalton LLC can help determine if you have a claim and advise you of your options. Our attorneys have successfully represented dozens of gunshot and assault victims. Within the past three years, Mickelsen Dalton LLC has recovered over $40 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have been featured in Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and several other national news organizations.

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