LAS VEGAS – The maker of a rapid-fire gun accessory that the police say was used in the Oct. 1 mass shooting, 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured at an open-air concert on the Las Vegas Strip is removed from an injured California woman debt and damages lawsuit, a lawyer said Thursday.
Lawyer Craig Island, the represent of Rachel Sheppard, said that the decision to strip Slide Fire Solutions, the case will let him focus on her claims that the hotel owner MGM Resorts International and concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment, non-active shooter planning and procedures.
Island noted that the Texas-based Slide Fire still in a separate lawsuit seeking class-action status in Nevada on negligence and product liability with respect to the “bump ” stock” weapon modification of the device. The court filings claim that Slide Fire the market the device gun owners who wanted to semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons.
“One of the MGM and Live Nation, the defense will be question,” said Island of a statement that no one could know that a 64-year-old high-stakes video poker player would amass an arsenal of 23 guns and rain gunfire from a 32nd floor at the Mandalay Bay in a crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
The police said that many of the assault-style rifles in the room had changed with the “bump ” stock” devices, allowing the shooter to shoot faster.
The Island said he found evidence that Las Vegas Strip casino-hotels plan with the police response to crimes and disasters.
“If the police together with you to create a response to an active shooter, it means that the foreseeable,” said Island.
An MGM Resorts spokeswoman, Debra DeShong, declined to comment on the new legal deposit or its claims.
“We give you our response through the proper legal road,” she said.
Live Nation, and Slide Fire Solutions not immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment.
Live Nation, of Beverly Hills, California, has previously expressed sorrow that people are forever affected by this senseless act of violence.”
Authorities say shooter Stephen Paddock killed himself before officers reached his room. A motive for the deadly rampage has not been identified.
The lawsuit by Sheppard, of Tehachapi, California, is one of many filed in Nevada and other states.
A set of cases was filed last month in Los Angeles, the Houston-based lawyers on behalf of approximately 450 plaintiffs.