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4 key lessons from the Las Vegas shooting response

At this year's Urban Shield, a Las Vegas Metro PD SWAT commander shared key takeaways from the police response to the massacre


On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on 22,000 Las Vegas concert attendees from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds over a 10-minute period, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured.

As part of the training offered at this year’s Urban Shield, Captain Christopher Tomaino from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), commanding officer of LVMPD’s SWAT Bureau, discussed some of lessons identified from the police, fire and EMS response to the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting.

The challenge of special events

Contrary to popular opinion, noted Tomaino, the Las Vegas economy is driven as much by special events as it is by gambling. For example, the annual Electric Daisy Carnival runs for three nights attracting 100,000 people each evening and is staffed by 500 officers.

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