Yesterday attorneys for over 450 victims of October's Vegas Massacre filed several lawsuits in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The crux of their argument is that the Mandalay Bay, where the shooter rained down bullets at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Festival, was negligent in protecting its patrons. Before killing himself, the shooter murdered 58 people and wounded more than 500 others.
Specifically, the complaint alleges that Mandalay Bay workers were negligent in noticing that the shooter had spent days accumulated an arsenal in his hotel room, and that they were too slow to alert authorities after the shooter fired his first shot at the security guard outside his hotel room. Had the Mandalay Bay been more vigilant and quick to action, perhaps the massacre could have been avoided or at least lessened.
The lawsuits also named as a defendant Live Nation, which promoted the concert. The complaint alleges that the event had inadequate exits and no employees skilled in how to manage a mass evacuation. Had Live Nation instituted a better emergency plan, perhaps more people could have escaped unharmed and fewer people would have been trampled.
The majority of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit live in California. Most were attendees at the concert, and a few were security guards there and family members of dead victims. Their injuries include gunshot wounds, trampling, and post-traumatic stress. Learn more about filing a lawsuit in Nevada for Vegas massacre victims.