Surviving victims and family members of the 58 people who were killed during the nation’s deadliest shooting in recent years will receive payouts totaling $800 million, a Nevada judge announced Wednesday.
Clark County District Court Judge Linda Bell settled multiple lawsuits, ordering MGM Resorts, the owner of the Mandalay Bay, to pay $75 million to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the mass shooting that occurred on Oct. 1, 2017.
More than 850 people were injured when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock used military-style guns to fire more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition on a crowd of music festival attendees.
Authorities said 22,000 people were gathered outside for the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip when Paddock opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room.
Country singer Jason Aldean was performing during the festival’s final night when the assailant opened fire between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m.
Paddock shot and killed himself before police could reach him.
Bell also ordered insurance companies to pay $751 million under the settlement, The Associated Press reported.
Attorney Robert Eglet told the AP that millions of dollars could go to the most severely and permanently injured, depending on factors including age, number of dependents, type of injuries, previous and future medical treatment and ability to work.
A minimum $5,000 would go to each person who filed a claim for unseen injuries and did not seek medical attention or therapy.
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