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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  • Dana Garcia
  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Charles Whitman…”If he could see it, he could hit it.”

  • Maurice Miner

    I don’t like Mondays.

  • ntt1

    Whitman like McCain had a brain tumor that was thought to be part of his murderous outburst.
    But paddock seems different it was obviously long premeditated and carefully set up. was it democrat rage again as seems suggested or some other trigger .It is going to be very difficult to form a good picture partly due to FBI clouding and obstruction of any possible leads. The local sheriff seems to be honest so I guess we will have to wait and see.

  • Alain

    Right, anything to avoid mentioning Islamic terrorism. The Gong Show had more going for it than the FBI, CIA and local law enforcement.

  • tom_billesley

    … how to deal with potential copycat shooters in elevated positions in buildings outside public events
    What will the campaign be –
    Building height controls? A ban on public events near tall buildings?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Paddock made a gigantic mistake by not targeting the Oscars red carpet