Vegas Strip stepping up security in wake of deadly mass shooting

- The shooting has left Las Vegas reeling and re-examining security practices in the wake of Sunday's massacre.

"It's scary when it happens where you live,” said Bry Thompson, Las Vegas resident.

Emotional, Thompson crouched at the foot of a large makeshift memorial in the heart of the strip. She needed a moment to reflect on the bloodshed, the loss of life and a new normal in one of America's top entertainment destinations.

"Honestly for me, I'm scared to come down here,” she said. “It's very scary to come to these events because it can happen at any time."

The city is still trying to come to terms with what happened Sunday night. A gunman with no obvious motive stockpiled weaponry, set up a sniper's position on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and turned a country music festival across Las Vegas Boulevard into a killing field.

Mark Rumpler, an Elvis impersonator who lives on the strip, says it's the kind of attack that will undoubtedly change his fun-obsessed city.

"I do believe that as people are coming to check in, maybe their suspicious bags, you can carry a golf bag with five guns in it,” said Rumpler. “Maybe they check things like that. Common sense."

According to reports and guests, security at the Wynn began security-wanding visitors and inspecting bags Monday, creating delays at the entrance.

"Like what happened in New York for a short time, people will be a little scared, but as time goes on Vegas will be Vegas,” said Rafaela Cruz, a Las Vegas visitor from New York. “And anything that happens here remains in Vegas."

 

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