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Paige Gasper Lawsuit Targets Vegas Hotel, Music Festival, 'Bump Stock' Maker

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People pray at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor country music concert killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By    |   Friday, 13 October 2017 07:38 AM

Paige Gasper’s lawsuit is the first by a Las Vegas shooting victim against Mandalay Bay and its owner, MGM Resorts, as well as festival organizers and the maker of rapid-fire “bump stocks” reportedly used by Stephen Paddock.

The lawsuit was filed in Clark County District Court on Tuesday and, The New York Times reported, claims each party was at fault in the bloodbath in which Paddock open fire on a country music concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 1.

Gasper, 21, is a student at Sonoma State University in California and was attended the music festival with friends when the shooting occurred.

Gasper’s lawsuit recounted how she was shot in her right underarm when Paddock began firing rounds into the crowd.

The stray bullet “shattered ribs and lacerated her liver,” rendering Gasper physically incapacitated and, although her friends tried to help her, mass panic set in and a rush of people resulted in Gasper being trampled.

A person in the crowd helped Gasper take cover and led her to a truck, where the driver rushed her along with several other wounded people to a hospital.

Gasper was the only passenger to survive.

The lawsuit claimed that the venue and its owners “breached their duty of reasonable care by failing to maintain the Mandalay Bay premises in a reasonably safe condition” by failing to provide proper surveillance and monitoring of the hotel premises as well as the people entering the venue and for “failing to timely respond” to the shooing.

Furthermore, the lawsuit was holding the manufacturers of “bump stock” used by Paddock accountable for Gasper’s injuries, and accused concert promoter Live Nation for “failing to design, build and mark adequate exits in case of emergency and failing to properly train and supervise employees in an appropriate plan of action in case of an emergency.”

Gasper's mother, Heather Selken, said evil would find a way to hurt and destroy if given a chance.

"This can no longer be allowed,” she stated, per CNN.

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Paige Gasper’s lawsuit is the first by a Las Vegas shooting victim against Mandalay Bay and its owner, MGM Resorts, as well as festival organizers and the maker of rapid-fire “bump stocks” reportedly used by Stephen Paddock.
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