Las Vegas shooting: Lawsuit filed as new questions raised over timeline

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Attorney: For 6 minutes after security guard was shot, "nothing was done"

Lawsuit says hotel failed to respond quickly enough to shooting of security guard

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A California college student injured in the Las Vegas music festival massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the hotel owners, the concert promoter and bump stock manufacturers, claiming they were all liable in the mass shooting.

The claims against MGM Resorts International, which owns both Mandalay Bay and the concert venue that hosted the festival, raise more questions about a timeline that has changed numerous times – and, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, could change again. The suit also questions why hotel staff didn’t notice gunman Stephen Paddock’s behavior in several instances.

Paige Gasper
Paige Gasper
Paige Gasper

Specifically, the lawsuit accuses MGM of failing to respond in a timely manner to the “shooting of Mandalay Bay security officer Jesus Campos, who had gone to the 32nd floor to check on an alert from another guest room and who was shot six minutes prior to” the massacre beginning.

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The lawsuit, which also names the shooter’s estate and other entities, came as an MGM employee said he owes his life to Campos’ heroism, and as Lombardo told a newspaper that he refuses “to say that somebody dropped the ball.”

Paige Gasper’s legal team, however, feels there is plenty of room for blame, but they insist that their client’s lawsuit is not about a payday. Rather, it’s about improving security and protocols at hotels and other venues, the lawyers said.

“If allowed, evil will find a way to hurt and destroy,” said Gasper’s mother, Heather Selken. “This can no longer be allowed.”

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