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Tulsa LBGT clubs taking a closer look at security following Orlando shootings

Posted at 9:20 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 00:23:00-04

TULSA-- As the nation continues to heal from a terrorist attack that killed 49 and injured dozens more in Orlando, security is top of mind. It's the first weekend since the attack and nightclubs across the country are ramping up.

It’s a scene no business owner wants to imagine, but the reality is the Orlando shooting is making club owners rethink security.

It was at Cub Majestic in Tulsa last Sunday when hundreds showed up to honor the 49 people killed in Orlando. Not a quite week later, they are preparing to get back to business as usual-- but with a new focus on security.

"We are adding some additional security staff also have some security posting up outside the building to let us know of anything that's going out there or anything that's coming our way that shouldn't be,” said Club Majestic Manager Chris Shoaf.

Shoaf says they recently linked their indoor security cameras directly to the Tulsa police department.
Now, if anything happens, police can remotely access the footage so they can see exactly what they’re dealing with.

“Everyone is still very much on edge but we've had a lot of stepped up patrols by the Tulsa police department,” Shoaf said.

Earlier this week ,the Orlando shooting suspect’s father addressed the media, shifting some of the blame to the club owners.

"They should have a good security...the life of 400 people depends on that business,” said Siddique Mateen.

Security remains a top concern for club mangers like Shoaf, he says there’s only so much a business can do.

“If someone comes up with a semi automatic rifle and they are intent on doing damage no matter what forms of mitigation or securities you put in place in front of that if it's flesh and blood it's going to get shot," he said.

The bottom line—Club Majestic staff will be on alert, in case the unthinkable happens here.

Tulsa police say they will do their part as well to ensure safety of everyone, including the LGBT community.
They they are stepping up presence at several locations and reviewing intelligence resources for threats or concerns.

 

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