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The MGM Resorts hotel group reported Thursday that it will pay up to $ 800 million to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre in October 2017, when a man killed 58 people from one of his rooms, as part of an out-of-court settlement.
MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, where Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old former accountant, carried an arsenal, including long weapons, without raising suspicion of the establishment’s security officers.RELATED
Paddock fired more than 1,000 ammunition from his room on the 32nd floor to a country music festival, killing 58 and injuring 869, including 413 with bullet impact.
The victims of the bloodiest massacre in recent US history sued MGM in court for negligence, allowing the murderer to store such amount of weapons and ammunition in his hotel unnoticed.
In a statement, the gigantic hotel group, which has several hotels in the capital of the game, reported this extrajudicial agreement of between 735 and 800 million dollars, depending on the number of plaintiffs who decide to join and abandon the process.
“Our goal has always been to resolve these issues so that our community, victims and their families can move forward in their recovery process,” said Jim Murren, president of MGM, who clarified that the agreement represents no acceptance of responsibility in the tragedy. .
“We always think that prolonged litigation around these matters did not benefit anyone. We sincerely hope that this agreement avoids that scenario.”
The victim’s lawyer, Robert Eglet, considered the agreement to be “the best result” and brings the “greatest benefit to those affected.”
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“Although nothing can return lost lives or repair the horrors that many suffered that day, this agreement will provide fair compensation to thousands of victims and their families. MGM Resorts is a valuable member of the Las Vegas community and this agreement represents good citizenship corporate on your part. ”
Under this agreement, a court will appoint an independent administrator to allocate the funds in a process that must be completed by the end of 2020.
The authorities closed the investigation in August 2018 without being able to answer the reason that led Paddock to shoot at the crowd.