The International Association of Venue Managers is heartbroken by the act of terror in Las Vegas, Nevada last night. According to news sources, a gunman rapid-fired bullets on a large outside music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, packed with over 22,000 fans. Country music artist Jason Aldean was performing when the attack occurred shortly before 10:08 p.m. At this time, reports show over 50 lives were lost and more than 400 were taken to local hospitals for injuries.
IAVM is closely monitoring the situation and working with our venue professionals and the Department of Homeland Security to provide support and assistance as needed. At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving any other public venues or events in the country. However, increased security in and around public places and gathering may be experienced as officials take additional precautions to ensure the safety of patrons.
The entire IAVM family sends our thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the tragedy, as well as to all of the dedicated first responders, event and venue professionals working tirelessly to continue to aid those in need.