The worst mass shooting in US history occurred on October 1 when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. More than 500 people were injured by the shooting and another 58 lost their lives. The victims came from all walks of life – teachers, students, firefighters, police officers, students and nurses. Several weeks later, the authorities are learning more about this shooting and why it happened.
Stephen Paddock’s body was found in a hotel room along with almost two dozen firearms, 12 of which were outfitted with “bump stocks.” These are modifications that can be made to semi-automatic rifles to make them fire more like fully automatic rifles.
Investigators have discovered that Stephen Paddock began shooting into the hotel hallway six minutes before he opened fire on the crowd of 22,000 who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. It turns out that Paddock strafed the hotel hallway with 200 rounds six minutes before he began opening fire on the concert. During those six minutes, it may have been possible to prevent the worst shooting in this nation’s history. Some of those who died might still be alive today.
There are important questions about this event that still need to be answered. How did Stephen Paddock manage to bring 23 weapons into his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino? Why were hotel staff and the authorities unable to stop Paddock in the six minutes before he opened fire on the crowd? Should the manufacturers of bump stocks be held accountable for the injuries and deaths in this shooting?
Riddle & Brantley, LLP wants answers to these and other questions. The victims, their families, and others who were affected by this shooting deserve justice. Our law firm is investigating this shooting so we can help determine which parties, if any, are liable for the pain and suffering of the victims and their loved ones.