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July 6, 2007

Shooting at New York New York

Posted by Hunter

Thankfully this doesn't happen often but it appears we have a crazy guy that opened fire inside the casino early this morning, injuring several people.

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Chance of a backlash against Las Vegas? MGM Mirage taking security seriously enough? Can you even stop someone like this in advance?

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July 6, 2007 9:42 AM Posted by Dave

Unfortunately I think this is the kind of thing we've got to get more used to in all public spaces. From early reports, it seems like this is just a guy who went nuts and started shooting at random people.

Casinos are relatively "soft" targets--they're easy to get into with a weapon but with all of the CCTV and security, probably hard to get away from. Of course, that's probably part of the attraction for people who want to do the "suicide by police" thing or are just nuts.

The only way to prevent this from happening would be to do what the Macau casinos do: have metal detectors at every entrance and make people slowly move through them. I don't think that'll ever happen here, and I'm not sure that it would be such a great idea anyway.

July 6, 2007 12:52 PM Posted by mike_ch

Yeah, this could happen at most businesses in the country. Considering it was the esplenade level at 1 in the morning when Coyote Ugly is packing them in, I think they did a decent job.

July 7, 2007 9:40 PM Posted by Adam F

It's scary to think that I was hours away from this incident. I was passing through NYNY with my father around 10pm that same evening.
Strange enough, my dad remembers passing the gunman walking in the casino...

Overall though, it was a horrible trip. A lot of crime everywhere; one event in which my dad�s wallet was taken out of our room at Wynn.

After we had moved to Bellagio, it was no better. The maid had left our door open while we were downstairs, and we often saw security travelling up the elevators to get a written statement from hotel guests of other events that had occured.