LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
An attorney representing families affected by Sunday’s tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip is preparing yourself to submit a suit involving the shooter, MGM, and music celebration organizers.
Richard A. Patterson, a lawyer with Owen Patterson & & Owen, took the first step on Friday afternoon at the Regional Justice Center by filing a request for the shooter’s assets to stay frozen upon the completion of a federal examination. He requested that Clark County Public Administrator John Cahill ought to have control in order to allow one or more claims to be pursued by victims and their households.
“He needs to be held responsible even after he’s gone and devoted suicide,” Patterson said. “Whether he has a million dollars, 5 million, or ten million dollars, it’s a pittance compared to the damages these people incurred.”
Patterson filed the petition while standing side-by-side with client Travis Phippen, a 24-year-old paramedic who was with his papa John Phippen at the Route 91 Harvest Celebration.
John was shot and killed. Travis was shot in the arm, and the bullet is still lodged inside. The paramedic broke down and sobbed describing what took place to his family that night.
“We were just enjoying. We were dancing and singing tunes and just having a good time, and (my papa) showed no fear at all,” Travis sobbed. “Him and I, we both assisted these girls that were in front of us and we covered them up and I began helping other individuals that were getting shot and he stuck with me. He wasn’t scared. He existed with me. He didn’t wish to leave me … I understood that he ‘d be with me no matter what. That’s simply the sort of person he was.”
“(My daddy) taught us whatever about being strong, whether it was physically, psychologically, or mentally,” bro Nathan Phippen stated. “We lost somebody that we love and a big part of our household, and now we’re just trying to get the pieces.”
The Phippen brothers said they haven’t had time yet to think about the person who shot their dad. They said their top priority is aiming to stay strong and safeguard their household.
Patterson did not say when his suit will be submitted, but he listed numerous worry about the parties involved.
“When you have a client that is on the suspicious list, treat him as if he’s suspicious. Do exactly what you need to do to know why he’s reoccuring,” Patterson said. “MGM will be one of the primary targets … they understood there was something various about this man.”
“How long did it take the Mandalay Bay to install the metal detectors after the shooting?” he continued. “When you head out of Target you need to go through metal detectors … They have a duty to be more watchful and protective of the hotel attendants and concert goers.”
Patterson also specified that he thinks there need to have been more exits at the music celebration and that the shooter need to not have been talented the hotel space used to perform the shooting. The lawyer, who has experience with mass tort claims and class action lawsuits, stated he would want to represent more victims who come forward to seek legal assistance.
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