(Editor's note: This conversation originally aired March 5)
The head of the FBI in Nevada says lessons from the Las Vegas mass shooting have led to important security improvements on the Strip.
Special Agent Aaron Rouse told State of Nevada that since the Oct. 1, 2017, attack, new, behind-the-scenes security enhancements make a similar incident less likely.
“The changes that are being made will, in the long run, significantly reduce the chances of this happening again,” Rouse said. “But you can never say never. And security requires vigilance.”
While there is no way to protect something like the Las Vegas Strip completely from violence, Rouse is confident that the gaming industry is doing all that it can.
“I have a much better degree of confidence that the casino industry, the hotels around here, they take this very seriously," he said, "They don’t want anything bad to happen to any of their patrons and they’re working diligently to improve security procedures and they’re working with law enforcement to do it.”
The FBI recently issued its final report on the case that confirms gunman Stephen Paddock was acting alone when he killed 58 attending a music festival.
The agency has taken some heat for the length of the report. It is three pages but Rouse insists it provides the information the FBI has on Paddock and his motives.
“I understand that the length of the report was off-putting to many people but understanding that this is a summary of the findings. The amount and volume of work that went into the creation of these findings was nothing short of Herculean,” he said.
He also said the entire report with all the attached paperwork can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act.
In the report, Paddock's background and upbringing are described, along with his desire to be infamous, and his wish to leave this world on his own terms. However, Any motive remains unknown.
Rouse understands the survivors' desire to understand that 'why' but he says a study of active shooters shows that 21 percent of them don't share their motivation with anyone.
He also reassured the survivors that "the very best effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation went into this."
Rouse also pointed out that the bureau started the investigation looking for the same answers as all the people impacted, "we believe we've provided as close an answer as we could possibly come in this report,"
Now that the shooting investigation is closed, Rouse said his office is giving additional attention to internet crime. Among the initiatives:
Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse, heads FBI in Nevada
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