MGM Resorts International, the operator of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas where a shooter opened fire from a 32nd-floor suite onto a concert Oct. 1, is facing a lawsuit from a victim injured in the deadly attack.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of 21-year-old California college student Paige Gasper is believed to be the first to target MGM Resorts, and other civil suits are likely to follow in coming days, according to legal experts and plaintiffs' lawyers working with concertgoers and families of those killed. MGM Growth Properties, which owns Mandalay Bay, was not named in the suit, which was filed in Clark County, Nev., District Court on Oct. 10.
The suit blames MGM Resorts for failing to notice that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, was stockpiling weapons in his suite and for not responding quickly enough to Paddock's shooting of Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos outside Paddock's room. Law enforcement recently revised the event's timeline to indicate that Paddock shot Campos six minutes before turning on the concert crowd below, and the apparent gap in the response time could "expose the casino to significant liability," the Journal reported, citing legal experts.
Also named in the suit are concert promoter Live Nation, Mandalay Corp., Paddock's estate and Slide Fire Solutions, which manufactures a "bump stock" device that allows semiautomatic weapons to fire faster.
The lawsuit claims that MGM Resorts failed to properly surveil visitors to the hotel, to design proper exits and to train staff on emergency procedures, among other allegations.
Heather Selken, Gasper's mother, said at a press conference that the family's primary interest is not financial compensation but to change practices and security to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again, the Journal reported.
MGM Resorts spokesperson Debra DeShong said in a statement that the company will not "try this case in the public domain" and will respond "through the appropriate legal channels," according to the Journal.
MGM Resorts has also disputed the revised timeline, with DeShong saying the company believes it "may not be accurate," according to an earlier report from the Journal.