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Raleigh police will consider ‘events that have occurred elsewhere’ for concert security at the Ritz, Red Hat tonight

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing.
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving more than 50 people dead and more than 500 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. Getty Images

The Head and the Heart and Kesha will perform in separate venues Monday night, and Raleigh police will consider the shooting at a Las Vegas concert among the factors in planning security for those events.

The Raleigh Police Department declined to comment on specific security arrangements for The Head and the Heart show at the Red Hat Amphitheater, an open-air venue near downtown high-rise buildings, and Kesha’s concert at the Ritz on Industrial Drive, near Wake Forest Road.

“However, it can be said that those in the department who are responsible for security and logistical planning consider and evaluate many factors, including events that have occurred elsewhere, as they make safety and staffing decisions,” Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said in response to an inquiry by The News & Observer.

The Head and the Heart will perform at 7:30 p.m., and Kesha is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m.

Live Nation Entertainment, the promoter of both events, did not respond to questions about security by late Monday afternoon.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane issued a statement Monday afternoon about the Las Vegas shooting:

“Words cannot express the level of disbelief and sadness many of us feel about the news coming out of Las Vegas today. ... We mourn with the nation and send our condolences and prayers to the victims and their friends and families. In times of tragedy, let us set aside our differences and come together as a community to heal. We are strong when we are united and stand against violence and hate.”

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