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'There's no amount of money,' Route 91 survivor reacts to MGM's settlement

Posted at 7:21 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 11:07:58-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Li'Shey Johnson is one of the thousands who survived the 1 October shooting in 2017.

Johnson was working the Route 91 Harvest festival when she was trampled over by concert-goers as bullets rang down from the Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor, seriously injuring her left arm and leg.

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"I feel horrible. I can't even imagine [going to] another concert," Johnson says.

She tells 13 Action News she has come a long way but has racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills. She's in debt at least $50,000, relies on credit cards and her family, and cannot work.

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Johnson is one of the thousands of survivors who will be getting a chunk of a potential $800 million settlement by MGM.

She says that money “is not enough” to help her heal and forget the trauma, but she is relieved that she’ll be able to pay back her family. She tells 13 Action News her parents help her with food, money, and gas because she's been out of work for two years.

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"People that I've borrowed money from just to survive, It will help pay them back,” Johnson says.

But Johnson also says the settlement doesn’t give her back her independence. "There's not a price tag you can put on me not having my life for over two years, [I'm] unable to sleep, having nightmares, afraid to go out," she says.

Johnson wishes the money could help her forget that night ever happened. Besides physical injuries, she now suffers from post-traumatic stress.

"There's not enough money for my freedom and my life. I feel like my life has totally turned upside down."

Johnson says her primary focus is to heal.

“I just want to heal first. It’s still too hard."