In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, ten victims of the Las Vegas shooting accused MGM Resorts International of assault and battery and negligence.
Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 500 others on October 1st.
Several victims assert that Mandalay Bay hotel is at least somewhat responsible. There has been a great deal of controversy over a continually changing timeline of events and whether or not Mandalay Bay took immediate action after Paddock shot security guard Jesus Campos.
People Crime reports:
They named as defendants MGM Resorts International, which owns the venue where the Route 91 Harvest festival was held, and its subsidiary Mandalay Corp., which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel where Stephen Paddock was staying when he fired down onto the event the night of Oct. 1.
The proposed class-action suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also named Live Nation Entertainment, which organized the festival, and the shooter’s estate.
In a separate claim, last week, 21-year-old Sonoma State University student Paige Gasper filed a suit echoing many of these claims against Mandalay Bay, MGM and Live Nation.
In addition, Gasper named Slide Fire Solutions, the maker of the bump-stock device the gunman used in his shooting, which allowed him to fire at a seemingly automatic rate.
In her suit, Gasper said she was struck by one of his bullets and later trampled by a crowd trying to flee the concert venue.
Bump stocks are just an aesthetically pleasing way of increasing rate of fire; a rubber band can do the same job. Whether or not a company which sells bump stocks is responsible for Paddock’s shooting is apparently up for debate.
Lawsuits say that MGM and Madalay Bay were lax on security and missed a number of opportunities to prevent the shooting. How, for example, was Paddock able to take so many weapons to his hotel room without being noticed?
The lawsuits also seek to prevent Paddock, who committed suicide after the shooting, from leaving his money to family members. The shooter’s money ought to be used to pay for the shooter’s damages.
The lawsuits also maintain that responders should have been quicker to evacuate people from the concert and prevent further injuries by trampling.
People Crime continues:
Among the plaintiffs in Wednesday’s suit are Stephen Sambrano, a 36-year-old refinery operator from Riverside, California, who said he was shot while covering his wife. Sabrano’s friend Miguel Guerrero, a California Highway Patrol officer, was also hit, according to the suit.
The victims’ attorney, Catherine Lombardo, says her clients believe that, in death, Paddock “should not be free to leave his wealth to the persons of his choosing, but instead that he should pay the victims’ families who were killed, the medical bills of those who were shot and the other damages that he caused to all of the 22,000 people who ran for their lives that night.”
The lawsuit claims MGM missed numerous red flags and should have done more to prevent Paddock from opening fire and kept closer tabs on his suspicious activity after he checked into the hotel.
According to the Wednesday suit, Paddock had installed two cameras in the hallway outside his room and had allegedly brought in at least 10 suitcases filled with 23 firearms, including AR-15 style and AK-47 style rifles, between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, the day of the shooting.
The suit also contends that Mandalay Bay failed to respond in a timely manner to the shooting of one of its security guards outside Paddock’s suite and should have been better prepared for such an attack.
“In today’s world, it is reasonably predictable that a crazy gunman will open fire in a mass open-air concert,” Lombardo argues. “It is foreseeable that someone is going to bring a gun and shoot at a crowd. They have to step it up. They are required to provide extra security. They should have had a plan in place.”
The lawsuit also accuses the festival organizer, Live Nation, of being negligent and failing to provide an adequate exit plan and adequate security at the event.
“Twenty-two thousand people were there and nobody knew which way to go,” Lombardo says. “On Friday security was tight, on Saturday security was tight but by Sunday they were not wanded and they just walked in. The security got lax.”
As Mandalay Bay and MGM face more lawsuits over response time and negligence over exit plans, perhaps more victims will soon step forward with further lawsuits.