Since the October 1st, 2017, the dedicated staff members of Owen, Patterson & Owen have been committed to doing everything in their power to help the victims and their families of the Route 91 shooting. Last week, the FBI released their official report regarding this tragedy. Richard Patterson discussed their findings with KHTS – an except of their article is below.
On Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of people at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more, including several Santa Clarita residents.
“Paddock was not seeking to further any religious, social, or political agenda through his actions. The (panel) further assesses that Paddock conspired with no one — he acted alone,” reads the report. The mass shooting killed Santa Clarita resident John Phippen and caused injuries to at least 14 others from the Santa Clarita Valley.
Personal injury law firm Owen, Patterson & Owen is representing several victims of the shooting in separate lawsuits against the owner of the Las Vegas hotel. The plaintiff in the case, the hospitality and entertainment company MGM, owns Mandalay Bay– the hotel where Paddock perched on the 32nd floor as he opened fire towards the crowd at a nearby concert. MGM agreed to go forward with mediation this week, in a “good faith” effort, to resolve the lawsuit without prolonging the proceedings, according to Rick Patterson, founding partner of OPO.
“We are pleased with the good faith efforts that the attorneys with MGM have made, laying the ground for successful mediation for a transition from an adversarial relationship to resolving the issue,” said Patterson.
The first of several meditation dates has been set for Feb. 19, with a retired judge, to negotiate with the parties outside of the courtroom. The Las Vegas shooting was investigated by a team of law enforcement personnel and psychologists to determine a cause for the tragedy. The gunfire started around 10:05 p.m. — and continued for approximately 11 minutes — with Paddock firing over 1,000 rounds, according to the FBI.
“The victims have suffered a wide variety of injuries,” said Patterson. “From the loss of a family member to PTSD.”
As responding law enforcement officers assembled in the hallway outside of his hotel room, Paddock committed suicide. As part of the investigative assistance provided by the FBI to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), FBI Las Vegas Division requested that the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) conduct a post-attack analysis of Paddock. The BAU was asked to examine the possible motives behind Paddock’s shooting and to identify Paddock’s pre-attack behaviors.
In response to the request, the BAU convened a diverse group of experts from within and outside the FBI to form the Las Vegas Review Panel (LVRP). Members of the panel were selected based on their familiarity with targeted violence and behavioral analysis, but also with a deliberate intent to assemble varied perspectives crossing a spectrum of relevant subject areas. The LVRP spent nearly 12 months synthesizing and analyzing the vast amount of information and evidence gathered by the LVMPD and the FBI.
“The panel found no evidence that Paddock’s attack was motivated by any ideological or political beliefs,” reads the report.
The LVRP concluded that Paddock’s attack was neither directed, inspired, nor enabled by ideologically-motivated persons or groups.
To read the original article, visit KHTS.
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