Hundreds of Las Vegas Shooting Victims Filing Official Lawsuits

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November 21, 2017Nov 21, 2017

On Sunday, October 1, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place. 58 people were killed and over 500 others were injured while at a country music festival in Las Vegas. 

Since the attack, many questions have been left unanswered. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was assumed to be a "lone wolf." Additionally, officials could not find any specific motive that Paddock could have had to commit this vicious attack. 

The victims of the shooting have been working on healing physically, emotionally, and mentally. Families and friends have had to mourn the loss of loved ones, and others have just been working on leading a normal life after being part of such a grave tragedy. 

Now, several of the victims have decided that they are taking action against people involved with various components of the event. Hundreds of people have decided to file lawsuits in the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

The five lawsuits include claims against MGM Resorts International, the owner of the Mandalay Bay resort, Live Nation, the organizer of the country music festival, and the estate of Stephen Paddock. One of the suits names up to 450 plaintiffs. 

Against MGM and Live Nation, plaintiffs are claiming that there were not enough security measures or exits. They accuse MGM of not adequately preparing staff, for taking too long on the response after the shooting, and for allowing Paddock access to the service elevator because of his VIP gambler status. 

Plaintiffs are accusing Live Nation of not having enough exits and for not preparing employees in the "case of a foreseeable event, such as a terrorist attack or other emergency."

According to NPR, Stephen Paddock's estate is being sued for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

The lawsuits are being filed in California because most of the plaintiffs allegedly are from that state. The attorney heading the case, Muhammad Aziz, also noted that Live Nation is from California. 

In addition to the five extreme lawsuits, 14 other suits were filed in a Nevada court. Among those is a suit against the manufacturers of the bump stock devices that were found in Paddock's hotel room. 

Nevada case attorney Antonio Romanucci said, "The evidence we've seen thus far clearly indicates that the defendants were culpable in contributing to the 58 victims who lost their lives and the thousands more still suffering from severe injuries that will take years to overcome, if ever."

Though it may be hard to prove negligence on behalf of the venues, perhaps these lawsuits and the attack will lead to overall greater security measures. 

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