Las Vegas shooting survivor says MGM lawsuit is like 'bullets flying at my head'

Survivors of the worst mass shooting in modern American history feel they are again in the line of fire.

MGM Resorts International took aim at more than 1,000 victims in a pair of lawsuits filed this month in its bid to avoid all liability for the deadly Las Vegas Massacre last October.

“It feels like bullets are flying at my head right now,” survivor Lisa Fine told CBS News after learning of the filing.

Nine months ago, Fine was enjoying the third night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival from the VIP section when she experienced the “scariest thing that’s ever happened in my entire life.” She managed to to take cover under nearby bleachers with fellow concert-goers when 64-year-old Stephon Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay Casino-Hotel.

Photos from the shooter's room: 

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Las Vegas police release new photos of Stephen Paddock's room
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Stephen Paddock's body (center right) and view from sitting area towards the bar/kitchenette.

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Stephen Paddock's body (top left) and view from sitting area towards the bar/kitchenette.

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View from entry of 32-135 towards the sitting area.

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View from sitting area towards the bar / kitchenette.

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View from foyer of room 32-135 towards the sitting area.

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View from sitting area towards master bedroom.

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Interior of room 32-134 from connecting doors.

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Interior of room 32-134 from connecting doors.

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View of the Las Vegas Village from room 32-135.

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Door leading to the stairwell secured by "L" bracket.

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View from 100 hallway towards room 32-135.

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Food Service Cart in hallway with camera.

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Food Service Cart in hallway with camera.

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View of connecting doors between room 32-135 and 32-134.

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Blue plastic hose with snorkel mouthpiece attached.

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Surveillance camera mounted to room door peephole.

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Small sledge hammer.

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Handwritten note with distance/bullet drop calculations.

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Damage to entry door of room 32-135.

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Damage to entry door of room 32-135.

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Desk in master bedroom of 32-135 with SCUBA mask and power hand drill.

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Hallway of room 32-134 with food service cart and laptop connected to cameras.

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Paddock's vehicle.

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Explosive precursors found in Paddock's vehicle.

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Exploding targets found in Paddock's vehicle.

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McCarran International Airport fuel tank with bullet strikes.

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Upper bullet strike.

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Lower bullet strike.

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In Facebook post in wake of the shooting, Fine shared a photo of her kneecaps, bloody and bruised. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” she said at the time. “People were getting killed right in front of us. We saw a truck go by with so many bodies as we escaped.”

Fifty-seven people were killed in the Oct. 1 attack and more than 850 were injured.

Fine, a co-founder of the survivor group 91 Strong, said that while her physical injuries are long healed, she is still working to recover psychologically. And MGM’s latest legal move has proven no help in that effort, she said, adding that it also makes her feel physically ill.

“This has actually triggered PTSD for a lot of the victims,” attorney Brian Claypool told CBS. He represents more than 75 survivors and was also attending the country music festival when the attack unfolded.

MGM’s lawsuits, field in Nevada, California, New York and other states, said it has “no liability of any kind” to the survivors or loved ones of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terror attack. The Safety Act limits liabilities for a company when they rely on services certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a mass attack occurs.

The concert security vendor, Contemporary Services Corp, had been federally certified at the time of the shooting, MGM asserted. But Claypool told CBS he does not believe the company has a case under the legislation.

“They are only immunized from liability if there is an act of terrorism,” he said.

These are the victims of the Las Vegas shooting: 

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Chris Roybal of Southern California, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, ABC News said. He was 28.

(Photo via GoFundMe)

Sonny Melton (pictured right) is seen with his wife Heather, who survived the shooting.

(Photo via Heather Gulish Melton)

Quinton Robbins, 20, is described by his aunt as "the most kind and loving soul."

(Photo via Kilee Wells Sanders/Facebook)

Jordan McIldoon (left), 23, of British Columbia, was confirmed dead by his parents as well as fellow concert-goer Heather Gooze, who said McIldoon died in her arms. 

(Photo via Facebook)

Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jordan McIldoon, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Jassica Klymchuk, a single mother of 4, was visiting Las Vegas from Alberta with her fiancé. 

(Photo via Facebook)

Lisa Romero worked as a secretary at her local high school in Gallup, New Mexico. 

(Photo via Facebook)

Denise Burditus, of West Virginia, was attending the concert with her husband, and died in his arms. 

(Photo via Facebook)

Rachael Parker was a records technician for the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, she was 33. 

(Photo via Twitter)
Susan Smith worked for the Simi Valley Unified School District in California.

(Photo via Facebook)

Adrian Murfitt was a commercial fisherman in Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. He was 35.

(Social media/Handout via REUTERS)

John Phippen of Santa Clarita, California, was a father of five, grandfather of one and owned a remodeling and repair company. 

(Photo via GoFundMe)

Angie Gomez was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School in California.

(Photo via GoFundMe)

Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Angie Gomez, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Dana Gardner (pictured left) was attending the concert with her daughter, according to a GoFundMe page set up in her memory.

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Rhonda LeRocque attended the concert with her husband, and their 7-year-old daughter, who were not injured, according to the Boston Globe.

(Photo via Facebook)
Jenny Parks was a wife, mother to two young children and a teacher, according to a GoFundMe account set up in her memory.

(Photo via Facebook)
Nesya Tonks was the mother of three boys, according to a GoFundMe set up by her employeer, Technologent.

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Hannah Ahlers is survived by her husband and three children.

Photo Credit: Facebook

Carrie Barnette, 34, was in Las Vegas for a friends 30th birthday party.

Photo Credit: Nicole Johnson

Sandy Casey had taught special education for 9 years at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. 

Photo Credit: Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Sandy Casey, is seen in this undated social media photo

(Social media/Handout via REUTERS)

Thomas Day Jr. is survived by his four children who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival with him. 

Photo Credit: Thomas Day Jr./Facebook

Charleston Hartfield, 34, was an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, youth football coach, and military veteran. Our… https://t.co/UafOdLrcFz

Bailey Schweitzer was only 20 years old and had just started working at Infinity Communications and consulting as a receptionist 7 months ago. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Bailey Schweitzer, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Melissa Ramirez, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jack Beaton, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Christiana Duarte had begun working at her first full-time job since graduated college, according to the Los Angeles Times.

(Photo via Facebook)
Stacee Etcheber was a mother and wife to a San Francisco Police Dept. officer.

(Photo via Facebook)
Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law attorney based in San Diego, according to CBS News.

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A fourth Kern County resident has passed away: Family of 27 y.o. Kelsey Meadows, confirm that she is the fourth Ker… https://t.co/DdzsCXbBh5
Calla Medig was described as a kind-hearted young woman with a beaming smile, according to CBC News in Canada.

(Photo via Facebook)
Cameron Robinson (pictured right) was an amazing friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and boyfriend known for his love of cooking and dancing, according to a fundraising page set up in his memory.

(Photo via GoFundMe)
Family tells me Kurt Von Tillow from Cameron Park was killed in #LasVegasShooting. Say he ❤️ his country. Always wo… https://t.co/w7Ndiq5YlO

Bill Wolfe Jr. was a loving husband and a wrestling coach in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.


(Photo via GoFundMe)

A fundraising account set up for Dorene Anderson (pictured top left) described her as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.

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Steve Berger was celebrating his 44th birthday with a group of friends, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

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Tara Roe Smith was the mother of two young sons, according to the Canadian Press. She was reportedly separated from her husband, Zach, during the shooting.  

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Erick Silva has been identified as one of the victims in the #LasVegasShooting https://t.co/uv3taTQCqU

Brennan Stewart had a love for music and his family requested that the funds raised from a GoFundMe account set up in his honor be used for a local youth organization that is centered around the arts.

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Michelle Vo was attending her first country music concert, according to the San Jose Mercury News.


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Heather Alvarado loved to travel with her three children and her husband, according to a statement released by the Cedar City Police Department to local media.

(Photo via GoFundMe)

Denise Cohen was a mother of two who was attending the concert with her boyfriend.

(Social media/Handout via REUTERS)

Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jordyn Rivera, is seen in this undated social media photo.

(Social media/Handout via REUTERS)

Candice Bowers was a single mother of three and is described her as a superhero who loved country music; she was ki… https://t.co/9qh6ARaN2I
Andrea Castilla was celebrating her 28th birthday with her sister, boyfriend and her sister's fiancee, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her family.

(Photo via Facebook)
Austin Davis was considered a friend to all, according to a fundraising site set up in his memory. He was 29.

(Photo via GoFundMe)
Chris Hazencomb saved his friend's life by shielding her, the Ventura County Star reported. He was 44.

(Photo via GoFundMe)
Victor Link, 52, “I could type for hours saying how great of a man you were and how everyone loves you so so much.”… https://t.co/qu3fOQ3jY7
Lisa Patterson was a loving mother, wife and donated countless hours to her community, according to a GoFundMe account. She was 46.

(Photo via GoFundMe)
Rocio Guillen Rocha was still on maternity leave after giving birth to her fourth child six weeks ago, NPR reported. She was 40.

(Photo via GoFundMe)
Derrick "Bo" Taylor served the Ventura Conservation Camp for decades according to statement by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. He was 56.

(Photo via Facebook)
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