Crime & Justice

Victim's family sues to freeze Las Vegas gunman's assets

Las Vegas shooting victim John Phippen, 56.
Las Vegas shooting victim John Phippen, 56.
via Leah Nagyivanyi's GoFundMe

The family of a Valencia man killed in the Las Vegas shooting has filed a lawsuit that would freeze the gunman's assets.

Attorneys for the family of 56-year-old John Phippen filed the petition in Clark County, Nevada, on Friday.

The court filing asks a judge to appoint the county's public administrator to take control of Stephen Paddock's estate. That would prevent Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, and his brother, Eric, from inheriting his assets. 

The petition says it's a necessary step to allow lawsuits to be brought against the estate.

Richard Patterson, the Phippens' attorney, told our media partner NBC4, "This is an action for the benefit of all the victims to preserve these assets." 

He says he also plans sue Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and its parent company, MGM Resorts International.

Phippen was one of 58 victims killed when Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite last Sunday. Hundreds of others were injured before Paddock took his own life.

Friends have said the father of six from Santa Clarita, California, was always willing to lend an ear — or a cold beer — to a friend in need.