SF bumps Fleet Week security after Vegas tragedy
San Francisco police Monday confirmed that, while there is no known threat, they would be ramping up patrols on foot, motorcycle and horseback as well as in vehicles this week for Fleet Week.
Mayor Ed Lee said that as San Francisco visitors, residents and employees prepare to take part in upcoming civic events such as Fleet Week, police will be more present and they will be working with state and federal authorities to keep residents safe.
The tightened security was announced as the wife of a San Francisco police officer remains missing as of Monday evening, after she and her husband attended a concert in Las Vegas Sunday night during which a mass shooting killed dozens of people and injured hundreds.
San Francisco Police Department Officer Vinnie Etcheber and his wife Stacee Etcheber both attended the outdoor county music festival being held near the Las Vegas strip, according to a statement from the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association President Martin Halloran.
The shooting occurred at 10:08 p.m., after 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel onto the more than 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert, Las Vegas police said.
During the ordeal, Officer Etcheber told his wife to flee the scene while he stayed behind to help the victims. Stacee Etcheber did not have a cellphone with her and had given her identification card to her husband, according to Halloran’s statement.
The shooting killed 59 people and left 516 others injured, police said.
The Alameda County Fire Department said Monday in a statement posted on social media that three off-duty firefighters from their department were in attendance but were not injured and were able to provide aid to the victims.
The statement by fire officials said:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our members and their families and everyone impacted by this horrific tragedy.”
“Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement:
“We are sending our deepest condolences and sympathies to the hundreds of families affected by this senseless act of gun violence. … Our nation needs stricter, commonsense gun laws. We cannot continue to play politics with American lives.”
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon also released a statement about the shooting and the country’s gun laws:
“The rights of gun owners must be weighed against everyone’s right to be safe from gun violence. Lawmakers continue to pay deference to gun owners and the gun lobby at the expense of the public at large.”
Las Vegas police said identifying all the victims in the shooting could take some time.