Wynn Hotel Security Measures Point to the Future of Security Parker Waichman
October 1st, 2017 – Las Vegas Shooting at the Mandalay Resort and Casino
At least 59 people were killed and another 527 injured by a lone gunman shooting down at a concert crowd from an upper floor at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada late on October 1, 2017. The shooter later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive for the shooting continues to remain unclear; however, the investigation is pointing to the fact that he acted alone, according to CNN. Mandalay is owned by MGM Resorts International.
According to CNN, the shooting took somewhere between 9 to 11 minutes to complete and involved numerous weapons and 22,000 bullets. Injuries were due to both the onslaught of bullets, as well as the stampede. The gunman has been identified as Stephen Paddock. Various news sources note that this is the deadliest mass shooting to occur in modern United States history.
Paddock shot concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the ground from the 32nd floor at the Mandalay. CNN notes that the attack seems to have been very carefully planned out. Paddock checked into the room in late September, bringing with him a number of weapons, setting up cameras inside the hotel suite, as well as in the hallway.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNBC. “This individual … didn’t leave the sort of immediate thumbprints you find on these kinds of attacks,” adding that the FBI was considering all potential motives Paddock may have had. “We will look at every one of those lanes, pull every possible thread,” he said.
Meanwhile, Paddock had various weapons, as well as bump-fire stocks. These devices are legal and allow shooters to engage in rapid-fire shooting that is similar to what is used in automatic weapons. Paddock had installed these devices on 12 of his weapons, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), wrote CNN. Paddock also set up cameras within and outside of his suite. Police remain unclear if the cameras were transmitting elsewhere and the FBI continues to investigate for what purpose the cameras were used. The Clark County sheriff said he believes that the gunman may have been watching for anyone approaching his suite as one of the cameras was set up to view through the peephole.
Some 47 guns were recovered from the hotel suite at which Paddock was staying, as well as his homes in Verdi and Mesquite, Nevada. The weapons were purchased at multiple locations in California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah, Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the ATF field division in San Francisco told CNN. Authorities discovered thousands of rounds of ammunition in the alleged shooter’s Mesquite home. Also found was an ingredient used in explosives found in Paddock’s car.
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The Wynn Hotel Discusses Current and Additional Planned Security Measures
Bloomberg News reported that the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas announced changes it will be making to its security as well as existing security measures. The news outlet suggested that “all hotels should be doing this.”
As of the afternoon of October 2, 2017, every entrance to the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, Nevada was outfitted with guards scanning hotel visitors with metal detector wands. The guards were also inspecting guests’ bags. Bloomberg News wrote that the security measures led to a 10-minute wait to enter the hotel. Bloomberg News believes measures such as these may become standard operating procedures in various locations in Las Vegas.
Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, described Las Vegas as a so-called “target city,” and openly discussed the security measures previously taken at Wynn Resorts, according to Fox News. “Las Vegas is a target city. We have hardened the target at the Wynn,” Wynn told 13 Action News, Fox News reported. He added that, “This is the first time I’ve ever revealed this publicly … there’s a division in the Marine Corps of special people that are specially trained to guard the embassies. That’s a whole division with separate base, separate training. There are almost 40 of them at every opening of my building, plain clothes, armed, on the look-out, changing shift, and being relieved every two hours so they don’t get bored.” He also said he put “covert security measures” in place in the summer of 2016. “We have another group of a half a dozen Seals Team Six guys and CIA guys who are a counterterrorism unit that … relate on a daily basis to Homeland Security, the FBI, and Metro,” he said. “My company has metal detectors and devices at every entrance of the building for employees and guests that are non-visible to the public. We have done extraordinary things to make that sure we protect our employees and our guests at the hotel,” Wynn also said.
Casinos and other entertainment venues will likely have to take a more global look at security, considering potential shooting locations and at various angles, said David Shepherd, a former FBI special agent in counter-terrorism. Shepherd was also security director for Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s Venetian resort, according to Bloomberg News. “We have to start thinking like the Secret Service—start looking at tall buildings,” said Shepherd. Shepherd is also the co-author of the book “Active Shooter: Preparing for and Responding to a Growing Threat.”
Shepherd pointed out that the Las Vegas attack took place outside where there were no assigned exits; therefore, attendees who fell to the ground were at risk from the shots from above. Shepherd also noted that screening customers for weapons is not the only security measure to be taken, especially when a gunman is using weapons that have a range that exceeds one mile. Shepherd added that, “In this case he’s not even at the event,” according to Bloomberg News.
An executive from another casino operator, asking for anonymity, said that the security check at the door of Wynn Resort will likely be seen more and more at other locales going forward given that there are no other solutions for weapons screening.
Gambling locations worldwide also face security problems. For example, an arson attack at the Resorts World Manila in the Philippines in June 2017 led to a total of 38 fatalities. Now, the casino scans vehicles prior to their being permitted on premises and bags must be opened for security checks, noted Bloomberg News.
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