Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting Victim Sues Mandalay Bay
Another lawsuit has been filed following the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, this time against, among others, Mandalay Bay. The suit, filed in Clark County, Nev., comes from 21-year-old Paige Gasper, one of those injured in the tragedy.
Business Insider reports that Gasper has filed suit against Mandalay Bay and its parent company, MGM Resorts International; also named in the lawsuit are Live Nation, organizers of the Route 91 Harvest Festival; Slide Fire Solutions, a maker of bump stocks; and the estate of the gunman, Stephen Paddock. Gasper's suit alleges that Mandalay Bay was "negligent or grossly negligent" because the hotel's employees failed to notice and report Paddock's actions in the days leading up to the shooting; the lawsuit also claims that Live Nation did not have an adequate exit strategy and did not train staff in case of an emergency.
"At all relevant times, Defendants MGM and/or Mandalay Corp ... knew or should have known that it was reasonably foreseeable that a breach of their duties to keep their premises reasonably safe in the aforementioned manner might result in catastrophic injury perpetrated by a gun-toting guest with an extreme intention to harm others," the lawsuit reads.
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During the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, Gasper was shot under her right arm, ABC News reports; the bullet shattered her ribs and lacerated her liver before exiting her body, leaving her incapacitated. She was reportedly trampled by fellow festivalgoers fleeing the scene; various people in the crowd then helped her take cover, exit the festival grounds and get to the hospital.
Gasper is seeking more than $15,000 in damages, but her mother, Heather Selken, says the lawsuit is about more than money.
"[We] want things put in place so this won't happen to you or your family," she says.
Gasper's lawsuit is not the only one to be filed in the days following the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1. Three victims have filed suit against Slide Fire Solutions and other unidentified bump stock makers and retailers, claiming that they misled authorities about the purpose of bump stocks and marketed the devices to gun enthusiasts. The lawsuit could become a class-action suit.
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