U.S. security level not raised; Homeland Security treating Las Vegas attacks as isolated incident

President Barack Obama spoke at a press conference at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the White House about the attacks in Las Vegas and Acapulco, Mexico.

Obama said numbers are not yet verified, but at least 100 have been murdered and 150 wounded in Las Vegas. At least 35 Americans have been killed in Acapulco.

Obama said two explosions rocked the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Then the hotel was overrun by gunmen.

Following a gun fight at the Bellagio, Obama said, four of the gunmen were killed and two were taken prisoner.

He addressed the concurrent attack on a resort hotel in Acapulco, saying “We stand united with our Mexican brethren in this hour of crisis.”

No direct link has been determined at this time between the two attacks, said Rebecca Miller of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The security level in the U.S. has not been raised, Miller said, and officials are treating it as an isolated incident.

The governors of each state are deciding where to send their National Guard troops, Miller said.

The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has been closed, but nearby airports are still in operation, she said. Majors roadways in and out of Las Vegas remain closed.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s