Three Months After Deadliest Shooting In U.S. History, Mandalay Bay Reopens 32nd Floor
from Daily Wire:
The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino says elevators are now stopping on the building's 32nd floor once again, just three months after gunman Stephen Craig Paddock used the resort's "panoramic suites" to rain bullets down on a country music festival below, killing 58 and injuring 500 in the worst mass shooting in American history.
Paddock turned his 32nd floor suite, room 32-135 into an arsenal over the course of five days, avoiding contact with hotel personnel and bringing ten weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition into the room using the passenger and freight elevators.
But nearly 100 days later, investigators seem no closer to determining why Paddock, a retired real estate developer-turned-high stakes gambler, chose to murder concert-goers at the Route 91 Country Music Festival that day in late September. On Sunday, an official report indicated that hotel personnel had at least ten interactions with Paddock over the course of his stay, but most were friendly (such as a call to room service), and enough meet-ups with housekeeping to avoid a "wellness check," which the hotel says it performs if guests go more than 48 hours without requesting a room cleanup.
Mandalay says it can no longer afford to leave the rooms on its 32nd floor vacant, especially with the busy convention season coming up and the Consumer Electronics Show set to take place this week, bringing 180,000 guests to Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is the city's second largest convention hotel after the Westgate and needs to sell the rooms, particularly in light of a dismal holiday season which saw tourists avoid the hotel due to its connections to the shooting.
During the CES show, rates at Mandalay Bay are hovering at around $2,000 for a three-night stay. But it's unlikely any of those guests will stay in 32-135. According to hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri, the room is likely to simply "disappear" off the hotel's registry.
There will also be one major change: all of the elevators will have armed security.
The hotel is suffering financially and its parent company, MGM Resorts, lost more than a billion dollars after its stock tanked the day after the shooting. Mandalay Bay and MGM are also facing around 450 individual lawsuits stemming from the incident; those suing are arguing that the hotel should have noticed Stephen Paddock was doing something strange in the days leading up to the shooting.
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