Las Vegas shooting parallels 1966 Texas tower killings, triggers new fears

Sunday night’s shooting from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay creates new concerns for law enforcement and has bone-chilling parallels to the 1966 University of Texas tower slaughter, experts say.

It was 51 years ago that a sniper used the advantage of height to rain bullets down on people below in the first modern mass shooting in the United States. Authorities in Las Vegas and across the country now have to worry about how to deal with potential copycat shooters in elevated positions in buildings outside public events, Las Vegas security expert David Shepherd said Friday.

“This is a game-changer in the modern era,” said Shepherd, a retired FBI agent and expert on active shooting situations. “We have to be concerned about it. We have to create an entire new strategy.”

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