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UPDATE: Will security for hotels and music concerts change after the Las Vegas shooting?

UPDATE: Will security for hotels and music concerts change after the Las Vegas shooting?

10/05/2017

By Alessandra Malito, MarketWatch , Jacob Passy

The shooting at a country music concert reveals the seemingly impossible task of keeping audience members safe

Yet another attack during a concert, this time during a country concert in Las Vegas (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/reports-of-dead-injured-after-mass-shooting-at-las-vegas-concert-2017-10-02), will likely push for tighter security measures at show venues.

More than 500 people were injured and 59 dead after Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old residential real estate investor and regular video-poker player, opened fire (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/las-vegas-shooter-paddock-had-42-guns-and-a-device-enabling-firing-at-an-automatic-rate-2017-10-03) from his hotel room window on the 32nd floor during a three-day open-air country music concert at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Authories found 23 guns in his hotel room and 19 firearms in his home in Mesquite, Nev. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

This isn't the first terrorist attack to occur at a concert. Other attacks have happened during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England this past May and an attack at the Bataclan theater in Paris in November 2015.

This latest attack, however, was not on the grounds at a concert. It took place at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nev. The fatalities exceeded those at the Orlando nightclub in 2016 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-10-deadliest-mass-shootings-in-us-history-2017-10-02). While security during shows is important, it seems it is virtually impossible to prevent an attack like the one in Las Vegas, said Steven Adelman, vice president of the Event Safety Alliance, a trade association focused on promoting safety in the live-event business.

How was the attack in Las Vegas different than other concert attacks?

Though people were quick to turn to Twitter to complain about security measures at concerts after these attacks, Las Vegas was a unique situation, one where the shooter was not actually at the event and, therefore, could not have been stopped by the concert arena's security on the grounds, Adelman said.

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