NetApp Insight partner, customer conference affected by gun attack

The annual global NetApp Insight conference in Las Vegas, attended by thousands of partners, service providers and customers, is being disrupted by last night's machine gun attack at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the conference is scheduled to be held between today (2 October) and 5 October.

As at 10am GMT on Monday 2 October, 21 people have been confirmed dead and over 100 wounded as law enforcement continue to secure the hotel for a massive crime investigation scene, with the shooter reportedly having been shot dead. Those targeted by the gunman were attending an open-air country and western festival at Mandalay Bay, with crowds of up to 40,000.

Delegates attending NetApp Insight and staying at the targeted hotel cannot get access to their hotel rooms, and the conference halls are currently inaccessible as law enforcement agencies continue their investigation.

Todd Price from New Brunswick, Canada, a delegate attending NetApp Insight on behalf of Bell Alliant, where he works as an executive in product management for data centres and cloud services, told CNN this morning: “We had been at an executive briefing at a restaurant and arrived at Mandalay Bay in a taxi [as the incident was unfolding] and were prevented from accessing our rooms with the lifts being de-activated. We are now being pushed further away from the hotel by the police perimeter [which was continually being extended at the time].”