Family of Canyon Country man slain in Las Vegas massacre seeks to freeze killer’s assets
By Brian Day
Attorneys representing the family of a Canyon Country man fatally shot along with 57 other victims in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 filed a petition Friday seeking to freeze the dead killer’s reportedly sizable assets pending potential lawsuits brought by victims of the mass shooting and their survivors.
The petition was filed in Clark County District Court in Nevada by Southern California-based law firm Owen Patterson & Owen on behalf of Travis Phippen. His father, 56-year-old John Phippen, died in the attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. Travis Phippen suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. Both were reportedly shot while helping other victims.
More than 500 people were wounded when Stephen Paddock, 64, fired a hail of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino into the crowd of more than 20,000 gathered for the country music festival. He killed himself before police closed in on him.
The legal action filed on Friday seeks to place control of Paddock’s assets in the hands of the Clark County Public Administrator, protecting them pending lawsuits from victims and their families.
“The appointment of the (CCPA) as Special Administrator of the Decedent’s estate is necessary to allow more lawsuits to be pursued by the Petitioner and others who have suffered loss, distress, and injuries by the Decedent and by the estates of those who died due to the Decedent’s actions,” the petition states.
“It is for the benefit of everyone. It will preserve the assets subject to the court’s direction and future distribution,” Phippen’s attorney, Richard Patterson, told ABC news.
While the document lists Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada as his “only known asset,” he was reportedly a retired accountant, gambler and millionaire.
John Phippen left behind six children. An online fundraising website set up to aid the Phippen family at […]