Chief McManus: Gun Control Wouldn't Have Prevented Las Vegas Shooting

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Chief William McManus addresses reporters Monday. - SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT, VIA FACEBOOK LIVE
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  • Chief William McManus addresses reporters Monday.
The morning after a shooter opened fire on a crowd of Las Vegas concert-goers, killing at least 58 and wounding hundreds, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told reporters there's little to prevent these kind of attacks from happening in the future.

"This is not preventable unless we had intelligence [that the shooting was going to happen]," McManus told reporters after a Monday morning press conference. "These random type of events are off the radar."



Stephen Paddock, the now-deceased shooter, fired bullets from a broken window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. He had more than 10 firearms on him, according to police reports. But, McManus said, this has nothing to do with hotel security — it could happen anywhere. His advice to anyone caught in an active shooting situation: "Get small."

Asked if stricter gun control laws would have stopped deadly incidents like this from taking place, McManus didn't hesitate.



"I don't. I do not."

McManus has stuck to this mindset since working in Washington, D.C., which had one of the highest murder rates in the country, even after the city adopted a strict ban on handguns.

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