Lawsuits name MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay resort; Live Nation, organizer of the country music festival where 58 people were killed; and the estate of shooter Stephen Paddock, Plaintiffs say the shooting could have been prevented, and they seek policy changes to avoid similar incidents.
According to an Idaho historian and commentator, events like the recent mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas and the 2015 massacre at a Charleston, S.C., church belong to a litany of similar tragedies occurring around the world—including countries where there are strict gun licensing laws.
Scott Ostrem, 47, was arrested by police in Thornton, Co. A police spokesman said, “He walked in very nonchalantly with his hands in the pockets, raised a weapon and began shooting. Then he turns around and walks out of the store …it appears to be random.”
The murder case that ignited a national debate over immigration policy went to trial Monday with attorneys sparring not over politics but the case’s legal question: whether the killer of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 intended to fire in her direction or accidentally shot a gun he said he found under a bench.
A revised chronology from investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what turned out to be the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, the Associated Press reports. One lawsuit alleging a failure to protect the crowd has already has been filed.
At least 809 people were shot in the seven days after the massacre on the Las Vegas Strip, 247 of them fatally, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. They were struck by bullets fired during domestic incidents, drive-by shootings, and accidental shootings. The national gun violence tally for October 2 through October 9 includes at least 22 victims wounded or killed in multiple-casualty incidents, defined as shootings with four or more victims.
“Almost every school shooter since Columbine has made reference to Columbine. We know they study one another,” said Arvada, Co., Police Sgt. A.J. DeAndrea. “This could lead to a copycat syndrome, and we’d be remiss if we don’t find ways to address it.”
That Stephen Paddock was able to take 17 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition up to a room highlights the security priorities of hospitality companies. Wishing to appear inviting to guests, many hotels focus on limiting theft, corralling unruly drunks and ferreting out people wandering the halls without a room,.