Las Vegas Shooting Will Impact Super Bowl Security in Minneapolis

October 03, 2017 10:52 AM

The mass shooting in Las Vegas will change how law enforcement handles security at concerts and sporting events, including at the Super Bowl here in Minneapolis next February. 

Minnesota security expert Peter Johnson of Archway Defense trains police departments to handle mass shootings. He said the situation in Las Vegas will specifically impact Super Bowl security procedures on upper floors of buildings around U.S. Bank Stadium.

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"I guarantee the Joint Terrorism Task Force is having a working group trying to address, 'OK, how can we put ... rifle teams in place and scanning teams to scan buildings throughout the entire event?'" Johnson said.

He said police departments will now look at adding more powerful scopes on patrol rifles that will allow officers to see a shooter from a greater distance.

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"The longer you go without putting rounds on that aggressor, ultimately the more people are going to die," Johnson said.  

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that safety and security is their top priority and that they're working closely with Minneapolis police as the lead security agency.

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