Hotel chain pays massacre in Las Vegas for settlement of lawsuits

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FFor the settlement of complaints of survivors of a devastating massacre in Las Vegas, an American hotel chain wants to pay up to 800 million dollars (about 728 million euros). In October 2017, an offender on the 32nd floor of a MGM Resorts International hotel shot and killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 people. The casino and hotel group announced the settlement reached on Thursday in a statement.

The agreement offered the victims and loved ones a "fair compensation", although nothing could bring back the lost lives or reverse the horrors experienced, plaintiff attorney Robert Eglet said.

After the massacre survivors had criticized the security measures of the casino and hotel group, which was then faced with numerous lawsuits. 64-year-old Stephen Paddock managed to bring several weapons and ammunition into two rented, adjacent rooms of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

For the massacre, neither the FBI nor the police in Las Vegas found a clear motive. The act was the worst mass murder in recent years in the United States. On October 1, 2017, Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on a music festival with 20,000 visitors. According to the police, Paddock then killed himself.

In the United States, people in public places are repeatedly injured or killed by gunfire. Efforts to tighten gun laws have been going nowhere for years.

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