How prepared is New York City for a mass casualty event?

ByDanielle Leigh WABC logo
Monday, October 2, 2017
Police run to cover at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/John Locher

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner said Monday that the city "is highly prepared to respond to a mass fatality incident like the one in Las Vegas."

The shooting took the lives of more than 50 people attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip.

In incidents such as this one, it is the responsibility of the medical examiner to investigate each victim's cause of death.

"Our staff undergo specialized training in order to prepare for these types of incidents in order to best serve the people of the City of New York," Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara A. Sampson said. "Additionally, New York City has several systems in place to manage the information gathered during an incident, including the 311 Missing Persons Call Center and the Unified Victim Identification System."

Sampson said the department maintains a disaster response plan for both man made and natural incidents.

Law enforcement has identified the shooter as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock.