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7 Mass Shooting Sites Like MGM Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and What's Become of Them Now

7 Mass Shooting Sites Like MGM Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and What's Become of Them Now
The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino dominates the Las Vegas skyline. (Minyun Zhou/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 01:08 PM

MGM Resorts announced on Friday that Room 32135 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from which Stephen Paddock fired down at a music festival on Oct. 1 would no longer be rented out. The mass shooting left 58 people killed and at least 500 injured.

MGM Resorts didn't say what will become of the suite but told the Las Vegas Sun the incident was a terrible tragedy “perpetrated by an evil man” and that there was “no intention of renting that room.” The hotel and vicinity still feel like a crime scene dotted with shrines to the dead.

Here's what's become of seven other mass shooting sites.

1. Pulse Nightclub — Earlier this year it was revealed that the gay Orlando nightclub where 49 people were killed after Omar Mateen opened fire in 2016 would be turned into a memorial, the Los Angeles Times reported. Meanwhile club owner Barbara Poma said there were plans to open a new Pulse nightclub in another location.

2. Sandy Hook Elementary School — The school building where Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults before committing suicide in December 2012 was demolished and, six years later, a new school was built on the same site. The new school cost $50 million, according to theTimes, and can accommodate 400 students.

3. Century 16 movie theater, Aurora, Colorado — James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 who were watching a Batman movie in Theater 9 in July 2012. Afterward, city officials conducted a survey and said that a majority of residents wanted the theater reopened, the Times said, so a bigger screen was put in and the number of available seats was reduced. The auditoriums are now identified by letters instead of numbers.

4. Northern Illinois University — Five Northern Illinois University students were killed and 21 injured in 2008 when Steven Kaczmierczak opened fire at a geology lecture. Then Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich suggested the building be demolished, CBS News reported, but that plan was rejected and instead the site underwent a $6 million transformation that saw new labs and an auditorium added.

5. Virginia Tech — After several years, Virginia Tech administrators finally decided that the building on the Blacksburg campus where Seung Hui Cho shot and killed 27 students and five faculty members in 2007, would undergo an $800,000 renovation. The new building was unveiled in 2009, the Times said.

6. Columbine High School — In 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured more than 20 others, before taking their own lives, extensive damage was done to the school in Littleton, Colorado. It underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation the next summer. The science room where one teacher died was gutted and completely remodeled. The library, where most of the killings occurred, was replaced with an atrium.

7. San Ysidro McDonald's — In 1984, Oliver Huberty walked into a McDonald's in San Ysidro and shot 21 people dead in broad daylight before he was gunned down by police. A week later its was announced that restaurant would not be re-opened. The site was later bulldozed and donated to the city, then turned into a memorial honoring victims of the shooting.

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MGM Resorts announced on Friday that Room 32135 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from which Stephen Paddock fired down at a music festival on Oct. 1 would no longer be rented out. Here's what's become of seven other mass shooting sites.
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