Congrats to IFPO Past Chairman Tom M. Conley, M.A., CPP, CPOI, CPO of The Conley Group, Inc. in Des Moines, IA, for his blog post, The Las Vegas Massacre: The Anatomy of a Catastrophic Security Failure listed as the number-one story by Security Magazine Editor-in-Chief Diane Ritchey.
Ritchey wrote, "While the investigation into the shooting continues, Tom Conley highlighted the reasons why the Las Vegas shooting was a dark day for security, as he says, instead of an opportunity for enterprise security to effectively and quickly mitigate a security incident and save lives."
Conley begins his post thus:
The problem with a major security failure is people die and/or are injured as a result. That occurred about two weeks ago as we watched and heard the horror come to life as the news broke that killer Stephen Paddock (the killer) had opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on a crowd of concertgoers attending the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. When the shooting was over, the killer was found dead by police in his room on the 32nd floor from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. We have seen numerous press reports that have included official press conferences, witness interviews, and most of all a lot of speculation and diverse “facts” about this incident.
What we think we know at this point is at least 58 people were killed and more than 498 others were injured as a result of the killer’s roughly 12-minute shooting spree. Other press reports put the death toll at 59 with 527 injured with an 11-minute shooting spree. We have also been told the killer had 17 weapons in his hotel room and thousands of rounds of ammunition with him for those firearms. Police reports have stated the killer had more than 50 pounds of explosives and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car, and even more at his homes. Now, about two weeks later, we know little more than we did the day after the shooting. We do not know the killer’s motive. We only know he has been described as a regular everyday guy with no prior criminal history.