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Terror Strikes Las Vegas: FIUPD addresses campus security concerns following Las Vegas shooting

This article was published in FIU Student Media's PantherNOW. Image by Nicole Malanga/PantherNOW.

Michelle Marchante/News Director

Members of the University community may be concerned about campus safety following the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday, Oct. 1, but police are equipped to keep the campus safe and secure, the department’s chief said.

While unable to give detailed explanations of what FIUPD’s tactics are, as it may compromise the safety of the campus and its officers, the department is doing everything in their power to keep the University safe, FIUPD Chief Alexander Casas said to Panther Press.

Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, fired hundreds of bullets into the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. The attack, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, lasted 10 minutes and left 58 people dead and 489 wounded, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Paddock was found dead inside his hotel room 75 minutes after the attack.

While some have criticized the time it took police to get to Paddock, Casas believes they did the best they could under the circumstances and said those first responders were “some of the most heroic” he’s ever seen.

While Casas doesn’t know what the investigators have discovered, he does find it unusual how little information there is about the shooter. Normally a “picture” providing ideas about the shooter’s motives would have been formed by now, he said, but not much has been released to the public.

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