On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The shooting killed 58 people and injured hundreds more and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Paige Gasper, a 21-year old college student from California that was attending the festival, sustained life-threatening injuries during this massacre and has filed a lawsuit against Mandalay Bay Hotel, Live Nation Entertainment, the estate of Stephen Paddock, and the makers and manufacturers of the bump stocks that Paddock used to rapidly fire his weapons.
The complaint states that the hotel “breached their duty of reasonable care by failing to maintain the Mandalay Bay premises in a reasonably safe condition” by failing to properly monitor Paddock’s activities and by not responding timely to Paddock shooting a hotel security officer before the mass shooting began. The complaint further states that Live Nation “had a duty of reasonable care in the protection and safeguarding of persons” on their premises at which the festival was taking place, and they breached this duty by failing to provide adequate exits in case of emergency and by failing to properly train staff for an emergency. Additionally, the complaint states that the gunshot wound which caused Paige physical injury constitutes battery and caused her severe emotional distress for which the estate of Stephen Paddock is liable. The complaint goes on to state that the makers and manufacturers of the bump stock device were grossly negligent in designing these devises and promoting them as an “inexpensive device that could be used to circumvent federal laws prohibiting fully automatic weapons.” Lastly, the complaint states that the makers and manufacturers of the bump stock device defectively designed the device, defectively manufactured the device, and failed to adequately warn of its dangers.
This is the first lawsuit from this mass shooting that has been filed against the hotel from which Paddock killed and injured hundreds of people. Mo Aziz, an experienced attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, is one of the attorneys representing Paige Gasper.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the mass shooting in Vegas that occurred on October 1, 2017, the experienced lawyers at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner can assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.