LAS VEGAS, November 16, 2017 – Legal action continues in the aftermath of the October 1 mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert venue. This vicious attack left 58 people dead and over 500 others wounded, but authorities have yet to reveal the motive.
A lawsuit just filed by a Chicago-based law firm named Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, concert organizer Live Nation and Slide Fire Solutions as defendants. Slide Fire Solutions is a Texas based manufacturer that produces and sells the firearm adaptation that permitted alleged attacker Stephen Paddock to fire a conventional firearm like an automated weapon during the Las Vegas attack.
Paddock opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers from his room at the Mandalay Bay, which overlooked the venue of a massive three-day country music event. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The plaintiffs in the suit are seeking compensation for physical and mental injuries incurred during the attack, for which plaintiffs say the defendants are at least partially to blame. This most recent suit follows three other civil complaints that have been filed since the incident occurred.
According to the lawsuit, Stephen Paddock, the shooter, was a frequent gambler who enjoyed VIP status at Mandalay Bay and other Las Vegas resorts. Privileges and perks at the Mandalay Bay included the use of a service elevator that permitted him to stockpile a weapons arsenal apparently unseen in his hotel suite over the course of several days.
The suit also claims that exits at the concert venue were not properly marked, making it difficult for attendees to quickly exit in order to escape the onslaught. Antonio Romanucci, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, told the Associated Press that he hopes to hold the entire supply chain, including Slide Fire Solutions, responsible for allowing Paddock’s rampage.
Those named in the complaint refuse to comment on pending litigation. MGM Resorts International, the parent company of Mandalay Bay, released a statement noting that the shooting was “a meticulously planned, evil … act,” while also stating they would only respond to accusations through legal channels.
Lawsuits stemming from mass shootings like the recent one in Las Vegas are becoming all too familiar in the United States. A suit was previously filed on behalf of the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people.
Similar suits filed in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass-shooting that killed 32 individuals highlighted the difficulty posed by these suits for all parties involved. Six years later in 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict that had sided with the victims’ families. They had alleged that the state was responsible for enabling this attack. Virginia’s attorney general subsequently released a statement saying that the decision showed that the shooter was the sole person responsible for the tragedy.