What Happened in Las Vegas?

On the night of October 1st, 2017, thousands attended a large, open-air concert called the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas strip. At 10:08pm, shots began to ring out—some concertgoers reported that they thought fireworks were going off. For nine to eleven minutes the gunfire continued, wounding over 500 people and killing 58. Sadly, this incident is not alone in our country. Three of the top four worst mass shootings in the United States occurred within the last five years. 49 were killed last year at an Orlando nightclub and 27 at the 2012 Sandy Hook schoolyard shooting.

At Pallegar Law, P.A., we want to protect your right to own a firearm. However, it’s difficult to look at these recent massacres without thinking about the gun laws in our country. It’s estimated that our citizens currently own more than half a million automatic weapons or machine guns. The tragedies that are committed with these kinds of weapons shake our country to the core.

Why Did This Happen?

Why do these incidents happen? And how do we stop them from happening? These questions are at the forefront of the discussion right now. Stephen Paddock, the perpetrator of the Vegas shooting, had no significant religious or cultural affiliation. He was a 64-year old white man from Mesquite, Nevada. He was a retired accountant with no criminal history and a penchant for gambling.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Paddock had been stockpiling firearms since 1982. From October 2016 to September 2017, Paddock bought a total of 33 guns, mainly rifles. He rigged 12 rifles with devices that allowed them to fire continuously, like an automatic firearm. The purchase of multiple rifles does not raise any red flags to law enforcement, so Paddock was able to silently purchase these firearms.

Paddock bought a luxury room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and carried 23 firearms up to his room. He also placed cameras around the hotel, seemingly to monitor police activity. Shooting from his high-rise window, he sprayed bullets down on the festival audience. Investigators are struggling to find a motive for this crime, but the recent emergence of Paddock’s girlfriend may provide clues.

On the night of the shooting, Paddock’s girlfriend Marilou Danley was in the Philippines. She arrived back in the U.S. late Tuesday night, and was met with FBI agents at the airport. She is considered at important witness, and able to shed light on the situation around this terrible crime. One week earlier, Paddock allegedly wired $100,000 to a bank account in the Philippines—the country where Danley was staying. If anything, Danley may be able to provide an explanation for this crime, a reason why someone with a clean criminal record and seemingly no motive, would commit such an atrocity.

Call Pallegar Law, P.A. for Representation Today

Our hearts are with everyone affected by the incidents in Las Vegas. For expert criminal defense representation, contact our firm at 941-893-5816.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
I could not be more satisfied and grateful for Mr. Pallegar and his team!! I found myself in some trouble when visiting Florida on vacation. When I got back home up north I started looking for local lawyers in the area and after reading recommendations and reviews, Mr. Pallegar was the clear choice. I did not have to appear in court a single time and Mr. Pallegar treated me as if I was his only client always keeping me in the loop and explaining every step of the process. Living 800+ miles away from where I got in trouble, and having someone put that much dedication and effort into my case is more than I could have asked. I will be sure to recommend anyone I know that needs help to seek out Mr. Pallegar and if you are looking for an honest, intelligent, personal, and professional representative, Mr. Pallegar is your answer. Aaron
★★★★★
Pallegar Law, always put my family first, their team always explained things in full detail, and got the very best results possible. They genuinely care. Our family will forever be grateful. Thank you. Dennis
★★★★★
He took me on and from the word go communicated everything in a timely and professional fashion about how everything is going to be played it; and then delivered word for word. The best part about them apart from their professionalism and efficiency would have to be their honesty which lets you entrust them, which in today's day and age is a rare virtue. Hemant
★★★★★
Excellent communication skills between the staff and client. I always felt I was in the know as to what to expect next. Ajay was up front on possible outcomes of the case and did not promise unrealistic results. Hope to not need them again, but definitely would recommend them. Steve
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Free Consultation: 813-444-3912