Mandalay Bay Sued Over Response to Vegas Shooting

Hotel named in first lawsuit filed by survivor
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2017 7:11 AM CDT
Mandalay Bay Sued Over Response to Vegas Shooting
Drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

"Someone call police. Someone is firing a rifle on the 32nd floor in the hallway," a Mandalay Bay maintenance employee says in a newly released recording, per Fox 5. But though hotel staffers responded to the outbreak of the Las Vegas mass shooting, asking for the shooter's room number and urging the worker to shield himself, ABC News reports that police weren't immediately called. A source who reviewed Mandalay Bay's phone records says it was only after Stephen Paddock began firing on the Route 91 festival that a call was placed to police. That was a full six minutes after security guard Jesus Campos was shot on the 32nd floor and it would be another 12 minutes before police arrived, unaware Campos was wounded. The delay in calling cops is just one criticism of Mandalay Bay, which is accused of failing to maintain a "reasonably safe condition" in the first lawsuit filed by a victim, per BuzzFeed.

The lawsuit, filed by 21-year-old California college student Paige Gasper, also names festival host Live Nation, Paddock's estate, and Slide Fire, the bump stock manufacturer. Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts says that Paddock "didn't let anyone in [his] room for two or three days," which should have been a warning sign for Mandalay Bay staff or at least prompted a wellness check. Wynn tells Fox News this wouldn't have happened in one of his hotels, where staff members check on guests in rooms with "do not disturb" signs after 12 hours. However, a Wynn Resorts rep tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the 12-hour check was only implemented "shortly after the recent tragedy." Wynn also says guns are prohibited in his hotels unless "carried by our employees." Even so, he notes "we find them continually." (More Las Vegas shooting stories.)

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