Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers in Las Vegas last week, as well as MGM Resorts and Live Nation are being sued by one of the shooting victims for failing to protect the attendees from harm. The complaint claims the venue was “negligent or grossly negligent in the selection, hiring and training” of its personnel.
According to TMZ, Paige Gasper, a 21-year-old Californian, filed legal documents in Clark County, Nevada, which state the venue and promoter are directly responsible for her life-threatening injuries. Gasper, who was hit by a bullet under her right arm, which entered her right breast, broke her ribs and tore her liver, alleges the shot has left her incapacitated. In the ensuing panic, she was trampled by those fleeing. She believes Live Nation did not have a proper exit plan.
Gasper was thankfully rescued by a fellow concertgoer who carried her out to a truck, which transported her and other injured victims to the hospital. Her lawsuit also names the bump stock manufacturers that allowed Paddock to convert his semi-automatic weapon into a fully-automatic assault rifle. Paddock had reportedly stockpiled weapons at the Mandalay Bay before he began firing from his hotel room window on the 32nd floor, killing 58 concertgoers and injuring approximately 500 others. The complaint also states that the hotel failed to notice the weapons in Paddock’s room and failed to respond when he broke the window.
“This remains an ongoing investigation with a lot of moving parts. As evidenced by law enforcement briefings over the past week, many facts are still unverified and continue to change as events are under review,” said MGM Resorts spokesperson Debra DeShong. “We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline that has been communicated publicly, and we believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate.”
The massacre has sparked outrage around the country. “If Congress isn’t regulating gun ownership, it is going to be private parties … who end up regulating their own premises,” Heidi Li Feldman, a professor at Georgetown Law School, told Business Insider.
Yesterday, at a Vegas convention, MGM Resorts Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren made his first statement since the shooting last week. “They have a job because of you. And without you, they don’t have a job,“ Murren said. “You are doing what you can do. You are coming here supporting this destination and helping those families take care of themselves. The meetings and convention business — that is the backbone of this entire business model. Without that, everything else falls away.”
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