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Businesses on Strip trying to bounce back following shooting

The emotional price tag of the 1 October shooting can never be matched, but there are actual financial costs from the tragedy as well.

The shooting has left a big dent on the bottom line for local businesses, and it's costing the valley millions of dollars.

"Las Vegas is recovering," said Rob Goldstein, Sands Corporation.

As much as the community is mourning and remembering the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, business on the Strip have had to roll on.

"We feel Vegas is recovering rather quickly," according to Goldstein. "Anecdotally, we hear that across town."

Those comments came Wednesday during the 3rd Quarter earnings report from Sands Corporation, although October 1st is technically the 4th quarter. It all gives some insight into the financial impact and reality of the shooting... Read More

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Caesars sees drop in Asian guests after Las Vegas shooting

Caesars Entertainment's top executive says his company is seeing a decrease in casino play from Asian guests as a result of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting.

Caesars President and CEO Mark Frissora told a group of investors Tuesday in New York that it could be three or four months before some players return and that business levels are slowly returning with each passing week after the Oct. 1 shooting.

Frissora also says Caesars has a plan that will develop land in front of Caesars Palace, as well as land it owns behind properties on the east side of the Strip and Koval Lane.

The only details of the plan Frissora shared was about a new convention center the company is planning to build behind the Flamingo and Harrah's. ... Read More

Man arrested for making terrorist threats against Brooklyn Bowl

According to an arrest report released Monday, the suspect, Paul Fister, made threats against the Brooklyn Bowl box office which is located at the LINQ Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Fister is accused of saying he would blow up the Brooklyn Bowl Box office just "like the guy who blew up the festival at Mandalay Bay."

Metro investigators say it all started when Fister couldn't get a total rewards ticket. When Fister was arrested and questioned about his comments, he allegedly told authorities that he had anger issues, but he agreed he shouldn't have said what he said.

Fister is charged with "making a threat regarding an act of terrorism."

8 News NOW conducted a records check on Fister out of North Carolina and found he had one prior charge for communicating threats as well as several DUIs. ... Read More

First phase of Strip bollards starts Tuesday morning with prepping of grounds

The first phase of the bollards going up on the Las Vegas Strip this week will occur this week, according to Clark County.

The first in-the-field work related to the Strip bollards project will begin in front of the Mirage Tuesday at 1 a.m.

The preliminary work being done is called potholing and trenching, which consists of digging under the sidewalk to verify the location of existing underground utilities.

The work is scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. and could take anywhere from 2-8 hours to complete. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic impacts will be minimal, but the work zone will consist of closing the traffic lane closest to the curb and portions of the sidewalk... Read More

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Las Vegas Route 91 shooting victim laid to rest

A security guard killed while trying to help others escape the Route 91 Festival shooting was laid to rest Thursday morning.

The funeral for Eric Silva, 21, was held at the Davis Funeral Home on Eastern Avenue and Patrick Lane.
The chapel was overflowing with people as the young man was remembered.

Silva was a Las Vegas security guard stationed near the front of the stage at the concert when the gunfire broke out.

"When the bullets were flying on 1 October and people were fleeing for their lives, Erick did not run, instead he stayed to help," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said.

Silva was helping people in the crowd escape over a barricade when he was shot and killed.

"He was a hero. He was a leader. He was a person who stepped out and made a difference that day," said one speaker... Read More

Air traffic controller attending Route 91 takes action to ground flights during shooting

During the deadly mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, the quick action to clear the airspace and runways at the airport during the mass shooting was that of an air traffic controller who was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

McCarran International Airport is located near the concert grounds and Mandalay Bay, so air traffic controller, Christina Stewart took action.

"People were running; people were carrying people out," Stewart said.

Stewart said she and her fiance first dropped to the ground before running for their lives in between volleys. She said when they finally made it closer to their car on the east-side of the concert grounds she took cover behind a concrete wall and got on her phone, but it was all while the mass killer was still shooting.

"I'm trying to dial the phone. "It's just, I can't, so I had to go to my contacts," Stewart said. "You need to stop the helicopters. Keep them away from the Strip."... Read More

MGM releases statement refuting Metro's latest timeline in shooting

The revised timeline given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre raises questions about whether better communication might have allowed police to respond more quickly and take out the gunman before he could kill and wound so many people.

On Monday, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock shot and wounded a Mandalay Bay hotel security guard outside his door and sprayed 200 bullets down the hall six minutes before he opened fire Oct. 1 from his high-rise suite on a crowd at a country music festival below.

Metro's new timeline draws questions

On Thursday, MGM Resorts International released the following statement about the latest timeline: ... Read More