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Published on October 5th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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“What I Learned from Being at the Las Vegas Shooting” – A First Person Account

The senseless massacre in Las Vegas has dominated the news this week. Amongst the coverage is this first-person account of what it was like to be in that crowd.

As I write this I’m flying home from Las Vegas after the tragic and senseless shooting that resulted in 59 deaths and over 500 injuries.

Elena and I were at ground zero when all of this happened. We had been staying at Mandalay Bay Hotel for the last four days, literally a few floors from where the shooter was preparing the largest mass killing in US history. We had been staying just a few floors below him and would host a party in the Foundation Room just a few floors above him the night of the shooting.

On Sunday, October 2nd, the night of the shooting, I was holding an investors meet and greet for Cardone Capital. Almost a hundred very qualified investors showed up at the Foundation Room on the 43rd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort to learn more about what I am doing in the real estate space. The event started at 7 pm and at 9:58pm, I announced I was going down to the casino to play some Texas Hold-Em poker, before flying home to Miami.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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4 Responses to “What I Learned from Being at the Las Vegas Shooting” – A First Person Account

  1. Gord says:

    First person account? What a garbage column. Most of the comments are spot on.

  2. Ryan says:

    Alan, you should be above this.
    This the douchiest, most self-centered possible way to try and recount a horrific event. This guy is clearly using this as an opportunity at self-promotion and ‘brand building’ (whoever he is.)
    Add to that the graphic image of dead bodies greeting you with no warning… Take this down, please.
    This isn’t a ‘stay in your lane’ complaint, it’s a human decency and professionalism one.

    • Alan Cross says:

      That’s partly why I posted it. This is a news curation site, a collection material that’s out there. If you have an issue with the tone of the article, then you have the opportunity to take it up with the original author.

      • Ryan says:

        Curating, or aggregating?
        If you claim to be curating then you are at best responsible for sharing it, at worst endorsing it. And it’s your site/email blast that is including the graphic images before we can even make the choice to read further or not.
        At least you didn’t include your trademark trope ‘wait-what?’
        You are responsible for too much excellent, well presented content to dip to this level. (IMO, obvs.)

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