Is Las Vegas a 9/11-like wake-up call for local hotel security?

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Central New York knows Ed Riley for restoring the Hotel Syracuse, but Riley is known in the hotel industry for many high-profile projects, in just about every major city, including Las Vegas.

About Sunday night's mass shooting, Riley says, "It's not just sad for the victims and the families, but for the people at those hotels that have to say 'holy crud! I didn't pick up on something, I didn't see something.'"

The gunman, Stephen Paddock, went undetected when he checked into his hotel, bringing at least 23 guns, some with scopes, ammunition and 10 pieces of luggage.

Riley says, "Someone probably should have asked, 'Hey, how long are you going to be here? Why are you bringing in 10 bags or 20 bags that way so heavily?'" 

Riley says not ever guest needs to be questioned, but employees need to be trained to look for things out of the ordinary.

He says, "I don't know if they missed something or not, because this is a new event. It's like anything else we see for the first time. I think if housekeeping was not allowed to get in the room for a number of days, I think that's a red flag."

When asked if this is a "9/11" moment for the hotel industry, Riley says he thinks of it as a wake-up call.

He's planning to sit down with Marriott Syracuse Downtown managers and staff to reinforce and train them to recognize potentially dangerous situations.


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