Shifting Las Vegas massacre narrative has gamblers on edge… Dip in visitors
A shifting narrative about when officials at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino alerted cops before the worst mass shooting in US history has Las Vegas on edge. And now gamblers are wondering: are they rolling the dice with their own lives inside the city’s casinos?
Safety — security experts told The Post — is no sure thing.
“[Bad] things do go on,” according to a security executive who worked eight years at a major casino on the Strip. “Everything short of murder happens in these hotels every day . . . suicide, domestic violence, prostitution, drugs and cheating.”
He continued: “Few casinos have advanced active shooter training for their security teams.”
The mass shooting at Mandalay Bay took a turn not even the most trained security personnel could have anticipated. “Nobody thought of [a killer] breaking out the windows” to shoot at crowds 32 stories below, the executive said.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said earlier last week that Stephen Paddock shot at Mandalay security guard Jesus Campos at 9:59 p.m. on Oct. 1 — six minutes before the attack. Hotel brass clarified last Thursday that there was a paperwork snafu, saying Campos was actually shot about 40 seconds before the bloodbath.
Las Vegas tourism sees changes in aftermath of shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas’ tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival.
Analysts who closely track the finances of the city’s casino companies say Las Vegas will see a short-term dip in visitors in response to the shooting.
Casinos and police may have to impose new security measures after gunman Stephen Paddock brought more than 20 rifles into his hotel room and drove a car filled with explosives into the parking garage.
The “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” slogan has been put on hold, as has one unveiled in the weeks before the shooting by the owner of Mandalay Bay that said, “We are not in the hotel business … we are in the holy s— business.”
Electronic billboards that typically promote restaurants, concerts, a topless pool and other entertainment are now showing a dedicated phone line for victims and their families, along with words of appreciation for first responders and casino employees.
“We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now,” reads a black-and-white billboard message with the city skyline and “#VegasStrong.”
Shooter’s brain probed for hidden diseases…
Investigators are continuing to probe the brain of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock as they search for clues to explain why he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers two weeks ago.
Paddock’s body has been transported to Stanford University, where neuropathologists will turn their microscopes on the mass murderer’s gray matter.
Microscopic tissue examination can reveal otherwise hidden conditions such as dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.