Las Vegas Shooting
Riddle & Brantley Is Investigating Liability for the Las Vegas Shooting
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Since October 1, 2017, Las Vegas and the nation have been struggling to recover from the most devastating mass shooting the United States has ever seen. At least 58 people were killed and over 500 others wounded when a gunman opened fire on a crowd gathered for the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The shooter was a guest at the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino who shot from his hotel room window. Since the tragedy, questions have been raised about the hotel’s security, particularly as the gunman brought 23 firearms into his room, including two large, high-powered rifles. The Mandalay Bay hotel and its parent company, MGM Grand are both currently facing injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed by victims and families. These lawsuits allege that the hotel staff knew or should have known of the danger posed by their guest, making the Las Vegas shooting a preventable tragedy.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one due to these tragic events, then you may have grounds to file a Las Vegas shooting lawsuit against the hotel as well. The injury attorneys at Riddle & Brantley are currently investigating the Las Vegas shooting and possible liable parties, including Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. If you have information pertinent to our investigation or were involved in this tragedy, then contact our law firm today.
Who May Be Liable for the Las Vegas Shooting?
The primary person who is responsible for the devastation caused by this mass shooting in Las Vegas is the gunman, who was found dead in his room when police officers arrived. However, negligence by other parties, including the hotel, may have contributed to the tragedy. As law enforcement continue to investigate the events leading up to the shooting, one major point of confusion has been what the Mandalay Bay staff knew and when. Generally, hotels have a duty to provide safe and secure premises, which includes identifying and eliminating dangers posed by guests. If the hotel had information and failed to act on it, then the business and its parent company may be liable for the events that transpired.
According to recent reports, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino had the following information before the shooting:
- The gunman brought 10 large suitcases with him when he checked in to the hotel on Friday, September 30.
- The staff may have allowed him to use the freight elevator to transport the 10 suitcases. This elevator has no security cameras.
- The gunman placed a Do Not Disturb sign on his door, and left it there for three days.
- The gunman did not gamble at the casino for the last two days of his stay, despite having a casino host assigned to him.
Additionally, on the night of the shooting:
- A hotel security officer was shot and wounded by the gunman, who informed the hotel immediately that there was an active shooter.
However, there has been some confusion as to when exactly the security officer was shot and how long it took for officers to respond. Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand are already facing lawsuits that claim that the staff had the information necessary to avert this tragedy, but failed to do so.
Can I File a Lawsuit for the Las Vegas Shooting?
Our attorneys are currently investigating whether Mandalay Bay neglected security procedures or failed to respond to the threat in a timely manner. If so, then the hotel and MGM Grand may be liable for the devastation caused by the shooting. Therefore, if you were at the concert or lost a loved one, then you may have grounds for a Las Vegas shooting lawsuit.
According to Nevada law, hotels and other similar establishments may be held responsible for the actions of their guests, but only in specific circumstances. According to the Restatement of Torts Third, hotel owners and staff ordinarily have no duty to act to prevent third party criminal conduct unless they know or have reason to know that a crime is occurring or will occur. Thus, the law does require hotels and businesses in general to reasonably anticipate criminal conduct. This reasonable anticipation is based on the type of business and past experiences. If the hotel has such information or anticipates dangerous actions by a guest, then Nevada law does impose a duty of care on the hotel to protect other parties from such actions.
At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys are currently investigating how this law applies to Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. For the most up-to-date information regarding our investigation and Las Vegas shooting litigation, contact us today.
Hurt or Lose a Loved One in the Las Vegas Shooting? Contact Our Lawyers Now
The effects of the Las Vegas shooting are being felt across the nation, as many concertgoers traveled in from out of town for the event. If you were hurt at the music festival or if the shooting caused your loved one’s wrongful death, then contact our law firm. We can investigate your claim and advise you as to whether you can file a claim against Mandalay Bay or another party.
Call (800) 525-7111 or contact us online today to schedule a free initial consultation.