Vendors to get equipment back from Route 91 festival site

LAS VEGAS - Almost a month after the 1 October shooting, Route 91 vendors will finally be able to pick up their property later this week.

A judge signed off on a court order related to a lawsuit filed against MGM Resorts International by a shooting victim.

As part of that court order, attorneys representing shooting victims will get access to the festival grounds for the first time since the shooting.

They're expected to be at the grounds all day Tuesday gathering evidence. 

Man of the vendors, who have not been allowed to retrieve their property, have taken a financial hit.

Time has stood still at the Route 91 Harvest Festival grounds since the mass shooting. The stage is still standing and the booths are untouched. Among them is Hollywood Cowgirl, a clothing vendor from Denver, Colorado.

"What happened in Las Vegas was absolutely the worse thing ever," said Kim Green, Hollywood Cowgirl Bling, Route 91 vendor.

She is the owner and makes a living traveling to different events, selling her handmade merchandise that has been at the concert venue for almost a month.

"Now not being able to work just compiles the whole nightmare," Green said. 

Her nightmare may be over soon. A judge has signed an order stating vendors may begin picking up their property on Wednesday which is exactly one month after the Strip massacre, but not before attorneys representing shooting victims conduct an on-site inspection on Tuesday.

"At that time experts will do whatever they deemed necessary to get a better idea of what occurred and that could include taking photographs, making diagrams, taking measurements," said Brian Nettles, shooting victim's attorney.

He is the attorney for Rachel Sheppard who was shot three times at the music festival. As part of their own investigation, they will be looking for clues about policies and procedures in place during the emergency, and if any were violated.

Meanwhile, they haven't gained access to the shooter's hotel room.

"The court order has protected that room but as of today, the important consequence was to get into the festival grounds," Nettles said.

He adds, this was the only way to speed up the process of releasing property back to festival vendors, like Green.

"I just want my merchandise so I can put some closure to this and be able to move on," Green said. 

Attorneys for MGM Resorts signed the court order also agreeing that all evidence inside Mandalay Bay that is linked to the shooting will be preserved.


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