Las Ve­gas mas­sacre sur­vivor files law­suit

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

A Cal­i­for­nia stu­dent in­jured in the Las Ve­gas mas­sacre has filed a law­suit against a ho­tel, con­cert pro­moter and bump stock man­u­fac­tur­ers, claim­ing that they were all li­able in the mass shoot­ing that claimed 59 lives, the me­dia re­ported. The claims against MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, which owns both Man­dalay Bay and the con­cert venue that hosted the fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 1, raise more ques­tions about a time­line that has changed nu­mer­ous times -- and, ac­cord­ing to Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo, could change again, re­ports CNN. The suit filed by Paige Gasper on Wed­nes­day also ques­tions why the ho­tel staff did not no­tice gun­man Stephen Pad­dock's be­hav­iour in sev­eral in­stances. It ac­cused 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.

Gasper's le­gal team, how­ever, feels there is plenty of room for blame, but they in­sisted that their client's law­suit was not about a pay­day. Rather, it was about im­prov­ing se­cu­rity and pro­to­cols at ho­tels and other venues, CNN quoted the lawyers as say­ing.

"If al­lowed, evil will find a way to hurt and de­stroy," said Gasper's mother, Heather Selken. "This can no longer be al­lowed."

When bul­lets fired from the 32nd floor of the Man­dalay Bay be­gan rip­ping through the crowd, Gasper, 21, was shot in the right armpit, ac­cord­ing to her com­plaint.

The bul­let went through breast tis­sue, shat­tered a rib, lac­er­ated her liver and then ex­ited her body.Live Na­tion, the fes­ti­val pro­moter, was also named in the suit for al­legedly fail­ing to "build and mark" ad­e­quate emer­gency ex­its and train its em­ploy­ees how to re­spond in an emer­gency.

"There was no plan in place for an emer­gency evac­u­a­tion, and no an­nouncer took over the sound sys­tem to pro­vide in­struc­tions," a lawyer told CNN.

He added that no po­lice de­part­ments or city of­fi­cials were named in the suit be­cause they "did the very best they could pos­si­bly do".

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