- Paige Gasper suffered multiple injuries in the attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival
- Her suit names the estate of killer Stephen Paddock and MGM Resorts International
The first lawsuit concerning the mass-shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas has been filed, according to various media.
The suit was filed with Clark County District Court, on behalf of Paige Gasper, a 21-year-old woman who was injured in the shooting, and names both MGM Resorts International and the estate of killer Stephen Paddock, who carried out his attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel, owned by MGM.
Gasper, originally from Texas and currently studying at Sonama State University college, suffered multiple injuries in the attack. A bullet passed through her right underarm, passed close to breast tissue and caused shattered ribs and a laceration to her liver.
She was also trampled by others trying to flee the scene, before being led to cover and taken to hospital, where she underwent multiple surgeries.
She is currently recovering in California.
Speaking about the lawsuit, Texas attorney Michelle Tuegel, who is representing Gasper, said it was too early to discuss the amount of damages.
She said that the legal action was about focusing the responsibility on companies who have a duty to keep people safe while they are attending their properties, and she referred to the camera that Paddock set up in a hotel corridor at the Mandalay Bay.
“How did the hotel not know about that? Why wasn’t that a red flag? The company can talk about hearts and prayers, but this lawsuit is about action and answers. Paige wants answers.”
Chad Pinkerton, another of Gasper’s lawyers, said that the lawsuit also focused on the timeline of the shooting and what took place in the six minutes between the shooting of hotel security guard Jesus Campos and Paddock launching his attack.
“That six minutes was crucial. Those people that were killed and injured deserved to have those six minutes to protect them.”
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