When gunfire on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday morning left three people dead, it was the fifth violent incident in the area since December, according to USA Today and the Las Vegas Review Journal. The spate of confrontations has some wondering if the tourism industry, the city’s lifeblood, will take a hit. But authorities as well as a few Vegas Seven Facebook fans say not likely.
See below for a timeline of Thursday’s events and the public’s reaction.
Last year, local police warned tourists of increased crime on the Strip. From January to September 2012, 26 firearms were confiscated from people along Las Vegas Boulevard, USA Today reported. In the past three months there have been three shootings, one stabbing and one assault in major casinos and other tourist areas. Despite the recent trend, Sheriff Doug Gillespie told reporters in a press conference today that the Strip is safe.
Recent Violent Incidents on the Strip
- On Dec. 18, a 31-year-old man from Illinois shot and killed his ex-girlfriend before turning the gun on himself at the Excalibur, the New York Daily News reported.
- On Dec. 21, a 50-year-old woman was arrested after slashing the face of a blackjack dealer at the Bellagio, the LVRJ reported.
- On Feb. 6, three teens were injured (one paralyzed from the chest down) in a garage lobby at 3785 Las Vegas Blvd. South after an 18-year-old shot at them, the LVRJ reported.
- On Feb. 16, two men stabbed another man several times in the elevator of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay, the LVRJ reported.
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