SAPD Chief “Stunned” in Aftermath of Las Vegas Shooting

Police officers advise people to take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By Pilar Arias and Bill O’Neil

Shock–the reaction from San Antonio’s Police Chief in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting rampage that killed dozens, and injured hundreds late Sunday Night.

“I’m stunned… I’m lost for words on that one. When you think it can’t get any worse, it gets worse” Chief William McManus said Monday Morning, adding “Who would have thought a parking lot concert would have been under fire from a window at Mandalay Bay… it’s inconceivable.”

The Chief is convinced there’s very little that would have stopped the shooter from carrying out his plan–with the exception of knowing those plans ahead of time.

When asked if additional gun control might have made a difference, the Chief was less than convinced.

“I don’t (believe it would have made a difference), I do not” McManus said.

In the aftermath of the rampage, the Chief said his officers are doing all they can to keep you as safe as they can.

“We are very very aware and very very vigilant about the possibility of these types of events happening because you see them happening all over the world, in all types of different venues” McManus said.

His best advice if you find yourself in that type of situation?

“Get small… get real small and run for the exit if you can” the Chief said.


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