Oct Wed, 2021 Hotel Attacks
First, if the first responders had not been at the hotel during the shooting, the one seriously wounded person might have died from excessive blood loss, and the other victims might have been worse off as well. First responders being in the hotel at such a critical time was a stroke of luck.
Second, shootings at hotel parties in the US are not uncommon. Muir Analytics’ SecureHotel Threat Portal database has scores of such cases. They happen during hotel pool parties, birthday celebrations, “big screen” sports viewing parties, large and small social meetups, and even quinceañera parties.
Third, in gangster/drug dealer-related shootings, especially at hotel parties, it is not uncommon for eyewitnesses to refuse to cooperate with the police. Many gangsters pay informants to watch out for “snitches” who talk to the police. Once identified, the gangsters commit violence against the snitches, or their families, or both. It is an effective method of operational security that causes many violent crimes in the US to go unsolved.
Looking forward, hotel shootings like this are likely to continue. Violent crime in the US is rising, and drugs are coming across the southern border in high volume. Muir Analytics records as many as 30-50 acts of hotel violence in the US every month. Much of it is drug-related. Additionally, as US policing recedes, violent criminals like those who opened fire at the Cedar Rapids Ramada will be emboldened. Their anti-snitch methods will not abate. This violence will continue to impact US hotels, resulting in increased human casualties, physical damages to hotel interiors, brand damages, and lawsuits over security negligence.
Reinvigorated policing and physical security that thwarts drug imports are two factors that would help alleviate this prolific hotel violence problem.
“Victims and witnesses talk with police about Ramada shooting,” The Gazette, 14 October 2021.
“Cedar Rapids Police Looking For Answers After Weekend Shooting,” KHAK News, 5 October 2021.
“Fear of retaliation, distrust of police cited as reasons for lack of cooperation after shooting,” KCRG News, 5 October 2021.
“Victims of Cedar Rapids shooting not cooperating with police,” KWWL News, 4 October 2021,
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