Metro police believe the people involved in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip are locals. The incident happened early Sunday morning. Police say it started as a fight inside Margaritaville at Harrah's.More>>
People dove behind slot machines, as a gun-toting man in a trench-coat opened fire in a Strip casino. Detectives are piecing together what made the man so distraught that he shot at random people inside New York New York. More>>
There have been 18 shootings involving Metro Police so far this year. Are police in the Las Vegas Valley using deadly force more often this year? Find out how our number compares with the rest of the country.More>>
A security guard is wounded and an accused gunman was also shot in an exchange of gunfire this morning at a neighborhood bar and casino in northeast Las Vegas. More>>
In the wake of the violent weekend, tourists say they want more police presence on the Strip. And the sheriff is also telling Eyewitness News he wants more officers on the beat. So why won't it happen? Like so many things, it comes down to money.
Tourists want to see serious, sustained presence that reminds people not to get out of line. But Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie says the money isn't there to get it done.
The dark night and the bright lights -- an intoxicating mix for many tourists in Las Vegas. And two weekend shootings bookend an already violent summer on the Strip.
Erin Jacobson lives in Chicago. This is her first time in Las Vegas. "Maybe they need more security on the street," she said.
For all the fun to be had, once she heard the news of the shootings, Jacobson realized this is a big city with big city problems.
"I was pretty shocked. I wouldn't expect it. You know, it's a nice hotel," she said.
But Jacobson picked up on something noticeably missing from her vacation. "Actually, I have not seen any officers. I can't say I've seen any."
And the head of Metro agrees. "Our resources are not to the level that I'm comfortable with the presence we have on Las Vegas Boulevard," said Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
Sheriff Gillespie says Metro does the best with what it has. He says a quarter cent sales tax bump helped pay for more officers, but Gillespie still feels there is an officer shortage.
"No, we need more. Right now, we're running about 1.7 per 1,000 permanent residents. And our goal is to get to two," he said.
But that's city-wide. Gillespie didn't have specific numbers about patrols and officers on Las Vegas Boulevard.
And while Jacobson still feels safe, she knows a few more eyes on the Strip wouldn't hurt all the fun. "If they were able to see something escalating, they could stop it."
Gillespie says there are about 80 officers set to graduate soon. But those officers will be stationed all around the city -- not just on the Strip.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.