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Stephen Paddock was able to carry out one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. History from his hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Questions surround whether Mandalay Bay could be legally liable for failing to prevent this tragic event. This means victims and surviving family members will be able to sue for various claims like premises liability and negligent security among other. Our Los Angeles negligent security attorneys are prepared to pursue your claim to the fullest extent and hold every liable party responsible.
Transporting an Arsenal
Paddock had stayed in his room on the 32nd Floor for 3 days prior to the shooting and was able to stockpile 23 assault weapons and ammunition. Casinos typically install security surveillance systems throughout the Casino and areas of the resort. How was it that Paddock was able to transport a large amount of guns and artillery without being detected. Did the Mandalay Bay staff enter into his room in any of the days prior to the shooting? If so, what did they observe? It is difficult to hide 23 assault rifles from the view of hotel staff and cleaning services. This is not one small gun, it is 23 large rifles. So where was he hiding them? Did the staff observe them and do nothing? Even though Nevada law allows a person to carry a weapon with a permit, hotel security should have suspected something was up when Paddock was transporting so many weapons into his hotel room.
Property Damage and Negligent Security
How is it possible that Paddock was able to bust out 2 large windows of his hotel room and install his own video surveillance system outside the room without the Mandalay Bay discovering it. This should have set off some alarms or sensor or at the minimum been caught on surveillance monitored by security. They could have taken action at the first sign of something going awry in the Las Vegas hotel. Should Mandalay Bay have installed metal detectors to screen persons entering the premises?
Terrorism and Healing Families
Another major question is whether this was an act of domestic terrorism. The US code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” The victims and their families deserve to know answers to these questions and whether Mandalay Bay could have taken steps to prevent the shooting from occurring. Responsible parties also need to be held liable for their negligence.
Kristensen Weisberg, LLP has handled numerous negligent security cases in Los Angeles and has the experience, resources and manpower to manage high profile cases. If you or a family member has been affected by this unspeakable tragedy in Las Vegas, then please contact our office for a free consultation.