A little over a year ago, former CNN Headline news anchor Lynne Russell and her husband, former CNN correspondent Chuck De Caro, were involved in a Motel 6 shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
De Caro was shot three times in the abdomen but survived while assailant Tomorio Walton, 27, died from his gunshot wounds in the parking lot.
The couple are suing Motel 6, G4S Secure Solutions, the motel’s manager and security guard for failing to keep them safe, reports the Daily Mail.
A court hearing is scheduled for September 12 in a legal battle which could purportedly run into millions of dollars in compensation, according to the report.
“Even though they planned to drive onward towards California that night, both Lynne and Chuck, once on the road, felt it was better if they found a place to stay for the night,” the suit states.
Police had been called to the motel 821 times over six years to investigate “burglaries, auto-thefts, rapes, prostitution, petty theft, drugs and other types of criminal and suspicious activity,” according to the suit.
They also claim that a security guard was chatting on his cell phone at the time of the armed robbery and no one was monitoring surveillance cameras which may have prevented their attack.