Country music superstar Jason Aldean had just taken the stage at the Route 91 Harvest festival when gunfire erupted from somewhere above the venue. Over the next 72 minutes, a heavily armed gunman named Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
According to reporting from the Las Vegas Review-Journal at least 59 innocent people have been killed and 527 more have been injured. This horrific attack is a heartbreaking tragedy for the victims, their families, the City of Las Vegas and the entire country.
We have now come to learn that the attack was carried out from a hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in a large suite 32 stories up and more than 400 yards away from the concert site. Even more shocking is that authorities have learned that the murderer, who had rented out the room several days prior, had nothing short of a weapons arsenal inside it with him. According to Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo, law enforcement authorities recovered 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the hotel room.
Stephen Paddock checked into his room at the Mandalay Bay on the afternoon of Thursday, September 28th. While his motivations are not clear, investigators strongly suspect that he selected that specific hotel room because it provided a clear overview of the Las Vegas Strip, where the concert would be taking place that weekend.
According to Las Vegas law enforcement officials, at some point between Thursday afternoon and Sunday evening, the shooter was able to get 23 guns, including several automatic assault rifles, and an enormous amount of ammunition into his hotel room. Notably, investigators found “more than ten suitcases” in the room. However, it is not yet public knowledge as to when exactly those suitcases were brought in.
A gunman bringing more than two dozen firearms into a hotel room, including military-style assault weapons, is almost unthinkable. There are serious questions about the security procedures at the Mandalay Bay. How did Stephen Paddock bring so many firearms into his hotel room without raising suspicion from security personnel? Was he screened at all? Why did security fail to discover that he had so many weapons on the property? Anyone familiar with Las Vegas knows that casinos are loaded with security personnel. If you so much as take a casino chip off of a table you will no doubt be immediately surrounded by security guards; yet, nothing was done in this case.
Under Nevada’s premises liability law, all Las Vegas hotels and casinos have a legal responsibility to provide reasonably safe and secure conditions at their properties. Unfortunately, it appears that the Mandalay Bay has failed to live up to its basic legal duties. A gun law expert told Fox News that poor security at Mandalay Bay was ‘concerning’. Security breakdowns at high-rise hotels put everyone at risk, including people outside of the venue.
If it is determined that their security was unlawfully negligent, a Las Vegas business can potentially be held liable for a third-party attack. A negligent security claim is a very complex type of premises liability case, and it must be handled by a top-rated personal injury attorney. To bring a successful negligent security claim against a hotel, you must establish the following four things:
1. The hotel had a duty to look out for your safety;
2. The hotel, through its inadequate security, breached that duty;
3. A connection exists between the hotel’s lack of security and your injuries; and
4. You suffered real damage as a result of the attack.
These types of claims are always assessed on a case-by-case basis, so thorough investigation is required. In this case, if the Mandalay Bay had maintained proper luggage screening procedures or equipment, the shooter may not have been able to get 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition up 32 floors to a suite overlooking the concertgoers. Ultimately, the tragic attack may have been prevented.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, our compassionate legal team is standing by, ready to fight for your rights. The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino may be legally responsible. At Ladah Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling complex premises liability claims, including shooting injury cases. For a free review of your case, please call today at 702-252-0055 or email us directly through our website.
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