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Updated: 2/21/2013 8:16 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it just goes to show you that crime can happen anywhere, and violence happening where many tourists pass by.

Crime tape winds all the way around the block where the shooting/crash happened on the Strip. Tourists have been diverted from the Strip to walk along the side of Bally’s on Flamingo, causing some confusion. But this slight chaos doesn’t seem to be ruining their trip.

New paths for Las Vegas visitors who found themselves weaving alongside police tape, like Judge Chavez who is here for a coach’s clinic from Albuquerque.

“You come to Vegas and you want to come walk the streets of the Strip and now you can’t. You want to go to the Paris, and you want to go whatever casino, and all of a sudden you can’t go there,” Chavez said.

He just arrived and hadn’t heard of the shooting that left three dead, until he got the street. But he feels pretty safe, considering.

“Oh, I feel fine. I’ve travelled all over the world. I’ve never been to a place where someone’s got killed before I got there,” Chavez said.

Aggie Kot is not so comfortable. It’s her first trip from Calgary, Canada.

“It’s still worrisome that it could happen is such a public area,” Kot said.

For Alex Kirby of London, she thought at first there was some filming, and then heard it was “just” a car wreck. She like so many others had no idea when they tried to see the Strip, the would be re-routed and stumble upon the crime tape.

“It’s just a little bit unnerving. Up until now we felt really safe walking around and it’s been fine up until now and it’s just a little bit unnerving and we’re not used to it.

But tourists from all around the world made their way around the tape and will go on with their trips and will have on big Vegas story to add on their travels. City officials hope what they saw won’t discourage a second trip.


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