Two large jet fuel tanks near Mandalay Bay “need another layer of protection” in the wake of the deadly mass shooting outside the Strip resort on Oct. 1, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.
The Review-Journal first reported last week that the shooter fired at the 43,000-barrel tanks from his Mandalay Bay room, striking and penetrating one of the tanks, but causing no fire or explosion.
“They’re going to have to develop some sort of shielding mechanism to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future,” Lombardo said in a wide-ranging interview about the mass shooting with the newspaper’s editorial board. “I think we have to act on it.”
Lombardo said the gunman may have tried to create an explosion or diversion when he fired at the tanks before he sprayed the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival east of Mandalay Bay. Fifty-eight people were killed and nearly 500 were injured, and the shooter later killed himself.
Last week, County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said she would seek a security review of the jet fuel tanks the shooter targeted. Several other federal and county elected officials, including newly appointed Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose district includes Mandalay Bay, did not return phone calls last week seeking comment.
The tanks, which provide fuel to nearby private aviation companies, sit on property owned by McCarran International Airport.
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said he talked to Rosemary Vassiliadis, the airport’s director, about the tanks on Monday.
He said Vassiliadis told him she was contacting an “individual” who had previously evaluated the tanks.
“They have someone,” he said. “I’m leaving it in her hands. We continue in Clark County to take all precautions to protect our citizens and our tourists.”
McCarran officials last week confirmed the Review-Journal’s report on the shooter’s targeting of the tanks, which…