The whirring money machine that is the Las Vegas Strip ground to a halt following the tragic mass shooting on Monday night. Well, almost.

The New York Times outlined the scene at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, where Stephen Paddock opened fire on festival goers in the street from the window of a suite, the morning after.

It reported (emphasis our own):

The hotel was on partial lockdown Monday. While guests were allowed in the hotel through the parking structure in the back of the complex, the exits to the Strip were closed.

'The casino floor was largely empty, though a few gamblers played slots. Several guests napped on couches, some covered in towels and bathrobes they had been given overnight.

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Though some visitors continued to gamble in the aftermath of the attack that killed 59 and injured more than 500 people, the normally 24-hour district was in limited operation as the police dealt with the situation.

On Tuesday night, the Strip's famous lights were turned off to honour the dead, a candlelit vigil attended by hundreds of mourners was held in the dark on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, and the 550ft tall High Roller ferris wheel was lit up in red, white and blue.

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