MGM Resorts International has agreed to donate a portion of its property as a public memorial for the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting event on 1st October 2017.
According to Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, MGM will donate two acres of land where the shooting incident occurred. Stephen Paddock fired more than 1, 000 rounds, killing 58 people and injuring more than 860 while in his 32nd-floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The decision comes after an online survey was conducted to determine the memorial site was extremely important. Data indicate that two-third of the people surveyed preferred the memorial site to be situated at the site of the incident.
The property donated is near the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer at Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue. Gibson noted that MGM donated the land without pressure.
“It was the right thing to do, and we’re all very appreciative. And they’re a part of this community. I think that demonstrates, as much as anything does, that their heart is where it ought to be.”
In a statement, MGM noted that a permanent memorial for the 1st October shooting would be important in community healing. A Nevada court last signed off an $800 million settlement between MGM and the victims.