Crime

Las Vegas Massacre Survivors Reach Multi-Million Dollar Settlement

Vanaija Shelton

A little over two years to the date of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, MGM Resorts settled on paying up to $800 Million to the victims without admitting any wrong doing.

On October 1st, 2017 there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. There were a total of 59 fatalities. The perpetrator, Stephen Paddock, was amongst the 59 fatalities. 422 people were wounded by gunfire and in total 851 people were injured. This shooting has since been known as the biggest mass shooting in modern America.

In total, Paddock had 24 firearms with him during the attack. Investigators pinned it as a Mass Shooting and Murder Suicide. On October 1st, the final day of the festival, there were over 22,000 attendees.

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Lollapalooza 2017 Performing Artists

It was brought to light that he also researched other big venue music events. He had previously booked a hotel room in August of 2017 in Chicago overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival. He never actually used it though. His girlfriend also stated that her and Paddock were in Vegas a month prior at the Mandalay Bay. While there, she stated that he repeatedly cased out the Las Vegas Village from all of the windows within their room.

Leading up to the shooting Paddock began staying at The Ogden in Downtown Las Vegas. This hotel overlooked the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival which ran from September 22nd to September 24th. During this stay his internet search included terms such as, “swat weapons”, “ballistics chart 308”, “SWAT Las Vegas”, and “do police use explosives”. 

On September 25th, 2017 Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay resort. He had a room on the 32nd floor. Four days later he proceeded to check into the room directly connected to the room he was already staying in. Both rooms fully overlooked the music festival at the Las Vegas Village. With the help of hotel Bellhops over the course of a few days, he bought a total of 22 suitcases up to his rooms.

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Mandalay Bay Hotel

Paddock barricaded himself into his rooms and made sure nobody was able to acces him. He then proceeded to break the windows in both of his suites and fire over 1,100 rifle rounds into the concert crowd. He also fired eight shots at a jet fuel tank at nearby McCarran International Airport.As a result McCarran Airport was shut down for several hours.

When police finally gained access to Paddock in his suite, he was found with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Borderline Bar and Grill, Thousand Oakes, CA

Several of the witness at this shooting were also present months later at another mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in March 2018. This shooting had a total of 13 fatalities and 10 injuries. Its been confirmed that one of the survivors of the Las Vegas shooting did not survive this shooting.

 

 

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