Victims of a fatal mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival are outraged they are being sued by the company that owns the hotel where the gunman opened fire.
Jason McMillan, a 36-year-old Riverside County sheriff’s deputy who was shot and paralyzed, said Monday he can’t believe that MGM officials would try to foist blame onto anyone but themselves.
McMillan spoke at a press conference where survivors and attorneys addressed MGM’s decision last week to sue hundreds of victims in an attempt to avoid liability for the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
McMillan vowed to fight MGM’s lawsuit for as long as it takes.
The MGM is arguing it is not liable for the deaths and injuries that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds by firing onto the crowd from his room at MGM’s Mandalay Bay casino-resort.
The victims held a news conference with their attorney in California Monday to respond to the federal complaint.
Following the filing of the federal complaint, MGM Resorts International released the following statement from MGM spokesperson Debra DeShong:
“The unforeseeable events of October 1st affected thousands of people in Las Vegas and throughout North America. From the day of this tragedy, we have focused on the recovery of those impacted by the despicable act of one evil individual. While we expected the litigation that followed, we also feel strongly that victims and the community should be able to recover and find resolution in a timely manner. Congress provided that the Federal Courts were the correct place for such litigation relating to incidents of mass violence like this one where security services approved by the Department of Homeland Security were provided. The Federal Court is an appropriate venue for these cases and provides those affected with the opportunity for a timely resolution. Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing.”