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California Student Injured During Las Vegas Mass Shooting Files Lawsuit; Authorities Investigating Shooter’s Timeline

A California college student injured in the Las Vegas music festival massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the hotel owners, the concert promoter and bump stock manufacturers, claiming they were all liable in the mass shooting.

The claims against MGM Resorts International, which owns both Mandalay Bay and the concert venue that hosted the festival, raise more questions about a timeline that has changed numerous times — and, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, could change again. The suit also questions why hotel staff didn’t notice gunman Stephen Paddock’s behavior in several instances.

Specifically, the lawsuit accuses MGM, of failing to respond in a timely manner to the “shooting of Mandalay Bay security officer Jesus Campos, who had gone to the 32nd floor to check on an alert from another guest room and who was shot six minutes prior to” the massacre beginning.

Shooter used incendiary rounds?

The lawsuit, which also

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Las Vegas Mass Shooting Victims Identified, Including More Than 30 From California

One was a man who died shielding his wife from gunfire on their wedding anniversary. Another was a city of Las Vegas employee who died in his boyfriend’s arms. And two others were a veteran corrections officer and his girlfriend who died on the trip they had planned for weeks.

These are the images of 24 of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Top: Hannah Ahlers, Lisa Patterson, Jordan McIldoon, Kurt von Tillow, Erick Silva, Heather Warino Alvarado, Derrick Taylor and Melissa Ramirez. Middle: Calla Medig, Stacee Etcheber, John Phippin, Candice Bower, Denise Salmon Burditus, Tara Roe, Christopher Roybal and Quinton Robbins. Bottom: Jack Beaton, Susan Smith, Rachael Parker, Angela Angie Gomez, Neysa Tonks, Bailey Schweitzer, Sonny Melton and Cameron Robinson.

These are the images of 24 of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Top: Hannah Ahlers, Lisa

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How is a ‘mass shooting’ defined? | PolitiFact California

How many people must die in a shooting before it’s termed a ‘mass shooting’? Four people? Two? None at all?

One strict definition used in the past by the federal government says at least four victims must be killed. Much broader criteria requires at least four victims be injured, though not necessarily killed. Other definitions land somewhere in the middle.

There’s no legal definition, and as prominent gun violence researcher Garen Wintemute of the University of California at Davis told us, “there isn’t a right and wrong here.”

Even so, the debate over what meets the definition of a mass shooting has divided gun rights and gun control groups, police, politicians and journalists as they all wrestle with how to communicate about these horrific crimes and how to track them.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats rekindled the debate over what defines a mass shooting this week when she

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California mass killer sentenced to life in prison for hair salon attack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the worst mass killing in Orange County history, the 2011 shooting deaths of eight people at a hair salon where his ex-wife worked.

Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat worker, was spared the death penalty in August when a judge ruled that serious misconduct by Orange County prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial.

“The gates of Hell flew open and you emerged as the face of evil in this community” Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals told Dekraai before pronouncing the sentence, according to the Orange County Register newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Dekraai attempted to apologize to the husband of one of his victims but was cut off by a member of the audience shouting “Shut up!”

Dekraai was locked in a custody battle

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California taxpayer cost for mass murderer Scott Dekraai’s case tops $2.5 million

If all goes as expected, the worst mass killer in Orange County history, Scott Dekraai, will be sentenced Friday, Sept. 22, to eight terms of life without parole, one term each for the people he fatally shot in Seal Beach six years ago.

But the sentence comes with a relatively high price tag after a judge rejected the death penalty and concluded local prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies had engaged in misconduct, according to records and interviews.

As of Sept. 6, the Dekraai case has cost taxpayers at least $2.5 million, according to an analysis by the Southern California News Group. That estimate would make the case more than twice as expensive as an average death penalty case – $1.08 million – from the date of arrest to sentencing, according to a 2011 study by a Loyola Law School professor and a senior federal appellate court judge.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which

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California mass killer spared death sentence – Business Insider

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ruled Friday that a
convicted mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a
long-running scandal over authorities’ use of jailhouse
informants.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said 47-year-old Scott Dekraai would not
be sentenced to death for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting
rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai will be
sentenced to life in prison.

While acknowledging the “horrendous” nature of Dekraai’s crime,
the judge found that failures by the prosecution team would
prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai’s defense attorneys had argued that repeated failures by
sheriff’s authorities to reveal records related to informants
show the agency can’t be trusted

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California mass killer spared death sentence

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ruled Friday that a
convicted mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a
long-running scandal over authorities’ use of jailhouse
informants.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said 47-year-old Scott Dekraai would not
be sentenced to death for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting
rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai will be
sentenced to life in prison.

While acknowledging the “horrendous” nature of Dekraai’s crime,
the judge found that failures by the prosecution team would
prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai’s defense attorneys had argued that repeated failures by
sheriff’s authorities to reveal records related to informants
show the agency can’t be trusted

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California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man convicted of the worst mass killing in Orange County history was spared the death penalty on Friday after a judge found that serious misconduct by prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial.

The ruling means that, barring a successful appeal, former tugboat worker Scott Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon.

“If this case had been prosecuted from the outset by the Orange County District Attorney within the most fundamental parameters of prosecutorial propriety, this defendant would likely be living alongside other convicted killers on California’s Death Row,” Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals wrote in a 19-page ruling.

Dekraai pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder in May 2014, making him eligible for the death penalty, but the judge took the case away

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California mass killer spared death sentence

A Southern California mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over local authorities’ use of jailhouse informants, a judge decided Friday.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said Scott Dekraai would not be sentenced to death after pleading guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison.

It’s rare for a judge to bar prosecutors from seeking a death sentence. While acknowledging the “horrendous” nature of Dekraai’s crime, Goethals found that failures by the prosecution team would prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai’s defense attorneys had argued that repeated failures by sheriff’s authorities to reveal records related to informants in the county jail show the agency can’t be trusted to turn over evidence that could favor their client.

Goethals

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