LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
In the aftermath of 1 October, MGM Resorts and Mandalay Bay assured to increase security, specifically around the visitor and service elevators. The service elevator is how the 1 October shooter was able his weapons into his hotel space, according to authorities.
Two investigative journalists tested security, four months after the shooting. Independent investigative journalists Laura Loomer and Mike Turber strolled into the hotel’s service elevator undisputed. The 2 taped themselves riding the service elevator to the 32nd flooring of the hotel and back to the ground floor about four times last Thursday. They stated they made their trips around 10:00 p.m., the same time shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowds below on Oct. 1.
Cops stated this was the exact same service elevator Paddock utilized to transfer his toolbox to his hotel room. No one challenged Paddock as he rode to the 32nd flooring, and no one challenged Loomer and Turber, they stated.
“A housekeeping employee just saw us enter this elevator … Absolutely nothing. We just walked in right past security. Basically there isn’t really any. There’s an electronic camera in here too,” Loomer stated.
Loomer posted the video to her Youtube channel with a clip of a Steve Wynn interview taken after the shooting.
“No public individual has actually ever ridden a service elevator (at a Wynn residential or commercial property) unless they were accompanied by security,” Wynn stated last fall.
“It’s actually clear that Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts have actually not taken any actions to enhance security procedures despite the reality that one of the worst mass shootings took place on their properties,” Loomer stated.
“There’s no sign on these doors that tell you this is a service elevator for housekeeping, workers … absolutely nothing,” Turber stated.
“There’s no lock on the door … It’s open,” Loomer said.
MGM Resorts saw Loomer’s video and responded.
“We are carefully evaluating the video in our continuous efforts to evaluate and fine-tune our security procedures,” a declaration from MGM Resorts read.
Turber tape-recorded another video making the exact same journey through the corridors and up the service elevator; something he said he’s done 27 times considering that the 1 October shooting.
Loomer has actually ruffled some feathers at Metro and MGM with her reporting on 1 October, but she stated this isn’t about her. She said her she wished to expose a serious on-going security defect from a business that should understand better.
“When you have an attack of this quality happening, you would expect the casinos that have millions to invest to carry out more stringent security, specifically offered the fact that individuals are influenced by this attack to perform their own attacks of terrorism,” Loomer said.
Loomer and Turber said they’ll share their videos with lawyers for the 1 October victims and their families.
A guard was published near the service elevator Monday night.
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