DOJ to give $17m to survivors of Vegas massacre
The DOJ has announced that it has earmarked $17 million for the victims of the shooting massacre that occurred in Las Vegas in October of last year. The money is being pulled from the department's Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program and will be given to the survivors of the massacre to help them with counseling, rehabilitation, legal aid and trauma recovery.
For those who may not recall, Stephen Paddock launched a one-man attack on concertgoers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort on The Strip on October 1 last year. By the end of his rampage, 58 people had been killed and more than 800 were injured. Paddock turned the gun on himself following the attack, leaving everyone to wonder the motive behind his assault.
Some of the money provided by the DOJ will be given to an existing compensation fund that is being managed by the Nevada Office for Victims of Crime. Another portion will be given to the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, an organization designed to offer services to survivors and the bereaved.
The DOJ fund may not be the only money coming to the victims. MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay, is facing a massive class-action lawsuit involving around 2,000 that argues that the company "failed in its basic duty of care." While MGM had previously been expected to fight the suit, it now appears that it is relenting and could be in the process of trying to reach a settlement.