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Live Nation sued by Las Vegas shooting victim

Live Nation is being sued by one of the Las Vegas shooting victims who alleges the firm had a part to play in the tragedy that left her with life-threatening injuries earlier this month.

Paige Gasper filed the suit in Clark County, Nevada, in which she blames the promoter, fellow operator MGM Resorts and shooter Stephen Paddock’s estate for the incident at Route 91 Festival in which more than 50 people were killed and hundreds injured.

The suit alleges that the venue and the promoter of Route 91 failed to adequately protect concertgoers from the danger of a shooter who placed himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on October 1.

Gasper said a bullet that entered under her right arm, cut across her right breast, shattered her ribs and lacerated her liver. She was unable to move from the floor, she said, which meant several panic-stricken people trampled her, which she blames partly on Live Nation for not having a sufficient exit strategy.

A spokesperson for Live Nation told TMZ entertainment news website: “We continue to be devastated by the tragedy at the Route 91 Festival, heartbroken for the victims, their families and the countless people forever impacted by this senseless act of violence and are cooperating fully with the active FBI investigation.  We are, however, unable to comment specifically on pending litigation.”

The 21-year-old is also suing the manufacturers of bump stocks, which helped turn Paddock’s semi-automatic rifle into a near fully-automatic weapon.

An MGM Resorts spokesperson also told TMZ: “The tragic incident that took place on October 1st was a meticulously planned, evil senseless act. As our company and city work through the healing process, our primary focus and concern is taking actions to support the victims and their families, our guests and employees and cooperating with law enforcement … Out of respect for the victims we are not going to try this case in the public domain and we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels.”

In addition, Ticketmaster, which is owned by Live Nation, is reportedly offering refunds to those that were at the Route 91 festival.

Though nothing official has been released, multiple attendees confirmed to the KWTX news website that they have received their money back from the ticketing giant.

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