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Vegas Massacre Victim Sues Mandalay, Bump Stock Maker


A 21-year-old victim of the Las Vegas shooting has filed a lawsuit against the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which is owned by MGM Resorts International Inc. (MGM).

The gunman involved in the deadly mass shooting on October 2, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, had launched the attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Paddock opened fire on a large crowd at an open-air country music concert, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 in what is considered to be one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

Paige Gasper, a California college student, filed the lawsuit in Clark Country, Nevada on Monday against Mandalay Bay and its parent company MGM Resorts International.

She has also named concert organizer Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (LYV), bump stock maker Slide Fire Solutions LP, and the estate of Paddock in the complaint.

Paddock had used a bump stock rifle in the mass shooting. Bump stock devices enable semi-automatic rifles to be converted to work almost like fully-automatic machine guns.

Gasper sustained life-threatening injuries in the shooting after a bullet entered her right underarm, shattered her ribs and lacerated her liver.

She was rendered physically incapacitated due to her injuries, and was assisted by friends in an attempt to escape further gunshots, only to have the crowd of people surrounding Gasper trample her as they tried to flee the concert venue.

According to the lawsuit, MGM Resorts and Mandalay Corp. breached their duty of reasonable care by failing to maintain the Mandalay Bay premises in a reasonably safe condition.

Gasper alleges in her lawsuit that festival organizer Live Nation Entertainment failed to provide adequate exits and also failed to properly train employees in an appropriate plan of action in case of an emergency.

Further, the lawsuit accuses Slide Fire Solutions, the maker of bump stock devices used by Paddock, of negligence as well as failure to properly design and manufacture bump stock devices.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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