Denver law enforcement say a quick-thinking and fast-acting hotel maid may have thwarted what could have been a "Las Vegas style shooting."
The Las Vegas massacre resulted in the deaths of 60 concert-goers after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip in October 2017. The gunman positioned himself high above the Las Vegas Strip in a hotel adjacent to the concert space. No formal motive was ever revealed for the massacre, which left an additional 400 other concert-goers with gunshot wounds.
What are the details?
Police feared the "Las Vegas style shooting," according to the Denver Post, after a maid alerted law enforcement to a weapons cache inside a hotel room near Coors Field.
Coors Field is home to the Colorado Rockies, a Major League Baseball team, and is the location of the MLB's All-Star festivities this year, slated to take place this week.
Sources said police removed 16 long guns, body armor and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from the room which featured a balcony overlooking the downtown area. The sources said they feared the number of weapons, ammo, vantage point and large crowds could have resulted in a "Las Vegas-style shooting." Based on the information provided by the hotel employee, police executed a search warrant and found the guns, ammo, body armor and a man inside the room on the eighth floor.
Police eventually arrested three men and one woman, charging the group with various firearm and drug-related offenses.
Law enforcement sources told KMGH that one of the arrested individuals recently posted on Facebook that, following a divorce, he hoped to "go out in a big way."
Drake Voell, who was staying at the hotel where the weapons were found, told KDVR-TV, "[My family] heard a maid walked into the hotel room and she saw a bunch of guns laid out. Then they found a white SUV on the road and all doors were unlocked and there was a laptop on the dashboard open, so it was a very suspicious vehicle."
Was there a threat?
Although the investigation remains ongoing, the FBI released a statement Sunday indicating there was no threat to the MLB's All-Star festivities.
"We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game. We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players, or the community at this time," the FBI said.