LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International announced Friday that they have closed the sale of the land where the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in 2017 on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle shared the news Friday in a letter to staff, according to The Associated Press. The land is about 15 acres and was purchased by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, which is based in North Dakota.
According to the AP, the Three Affiliated Tribes is made up of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara National, which is also known as the MHA Nation.
The land was where a gunman opened fire from his hotel room above the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, 2017, according to the AP. Fifty-eight people were killed, and two additional people died later from their injuries. More than 850 people were injured.
The area has remained unused and unchanged since the shooting, according to the AP.
In August, MGM Resorts reportedly donated about two acres of the northeast corner of the land for a permanent memorial, the AP reported. This was after a survey was done by Clark County that found that the majority of respondents wanted to have a memorial built at the site where the shooting had happened. The sale did not include those two acres.
The planning for the memorial has been in the works since the end of 2019 but the AP said it could be years before it is unveiled.
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