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NYPD beefs up presence following Las Vegas shooting

 

The department has deployed extra counterterror personnel to Times Square and other prominent areas of the city after Sunday’s shooting at an outdoor country music festival left at least 59 dead and more than 500 others injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“It’s one of the perils of living in an open, free democratic society,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday at a training conference for domestic violence officers. “Here in New York City, we’re monitoring the investigation and have deployed personnel to strategic locations at an abundance of caution.”

This is all a precautionary measure as there is no known direct threat to New York City, O’Neill said, but the department will maintain this vigilance “as we move further into the fall, the winter and the holiday season,” he added.

One of the strategic locales New Yorkers can expect to see an increased police presence will be Yankee Stadium, where tens of thousands are expected to be in attendance Tuesday night when the Yankees face the Minnesota Twins for the American League Wild Card elimination game.

Extra security is already on patrol in Times Square, which is visited by roughly 50,000 people on a daily basis.