Tourists gathered Sunday in Las Vegas to ring in the new year under the close eye of law enforcement just three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history rattled the city.
Tourism officials expected New Year's Eve to pack in about 330,000 people on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown's Fremont Street. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had every officer working Sunday and was aided by the Nevada National Guard and federal agents.
'One bad incident is not going to deter us from having a good time,' Honolulu resident Pettra Stark, who planned her trip after the Oct. 1 shooting, said while standing underneath the massive video canopy on Fremont Street.
Las Vegas police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Las Vegas. Tens of thousands of revelers will ring in the New Year in Las Vegas under the close eye of law enforcement and National Guard members assembled to keep the festivities safeiPhone transfer software
Undeterred: Eric Loeding of Onalska, Wisc., dances during a New Year's Eve party at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, Sunday
For Stark, the heavy presence of armed officers was reassuring. But not everyone felt the same way, including Adrian Dominguez, who traveled for the festivities with 10 other relatives.
'It's not pleasant to see so many officers,' Dominguez, a resident of the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez. 'They are everywhere.'
The heightened security comes after a high-stakes gambler Stephen Paddock killed 58 and injured hundreds more after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Strip and unleashed