College student shot at music festival files lawsuit against MGM and others

LAS VEGAS - A 21-year-old woman shot at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas is the first to file a lawsuit naming MGM Resorts.

Paige Gasper suffered a gunshot wound during the concert on Oct. 1. Her lawsuit also names Mandalay Corporation, Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., Slide Fire Solutions, LP and the estate of Stephen Paddock, the shooter.

According to her lawyers, the bullet entered under Gasper's right arm, shattering her ribs and lacerating her liver.

 The shooting left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured.

The lawsuit was announced at a news conference Wednesday attended by Gasper's mother and grandmother.

 They say the purpose of the lawsuit is to keep something like this from ever happening again.

According to the attorneys, policies and procedures were not followed to quickly and safely remove people from the venue. Attorney Chad Pinkerton said, there should be safety procedures for people to get in and out of an event quickly and there wasn't. He also said not public announcement was made telling people what they should do or where they should go. 

"By failing to plan for it, we put a lot of people in danger."  

He said, litigation will make future events safer for everyone.

"That's the goal, you want to make it safer."

Pinkerton said no police departments or city officials are named in the suit because, given the facts on hand, it appears they "did the very best they could possibly do."

One attorney question how hotel security handled the situation.

"The six minutes is a long time and the second question is did he use his radio to call the front desk or whatever the security operation is," said attorney Mo Aziz.

Gasper is back home in California recuperating. Her mother says she has a long road of recovery ahead of her. 

She did say their time in Las Vegas was made much easier by the outpouring of support from the community.

"Vegas and the community have been amazing. We've had strangers reach out offering their homes blankets, food ... we only knew Vegas as gambling and parties, but we now know Vegas as a community that is very loving and giving," said Healther Selken, victim's mother.

In a statement, MGM Resorts says, in part:

"Out of respect for the victims, we are not going to try this case in the public domain and we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels."


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