Las Vegas and the nation are mourning on Monday morning for over 50 dead and more than 500 injured after a shooter opened fire on a country music festival crowd.
More than 50 people are dead, and over 500 injured, after a 64-year-old man opened fire on a country music festival crowd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If the number of fatalities are confirmed, it will be the new deadliest mass shooting in American history. The previous most deadly shooting was in 2016, at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida.
shooting at Orlando Pulse nightclub resulted in 49 dead and 58 wounded. This is now the deadliest shooting by single shooter in US history https://t.co/ir2LVK9xcf
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 2, 2017
NBC News reported on Monday morning that the shooting happened just after 10 p.m. local time:
Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET), and the suspect was fatally shot in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, officials said.
Authorities found several weapons in [gunman Stephen] Paddock’s room after using explosives to enter, law enforcement officials reported. It was not immediately clear what kinds of weapons were found.
President Trump issued his first official response on Monday morning with a tweet, offering his condolences to the victims and their families.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
According to various press reports, authorities believe the gunman, Paddock, was a so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacker, but police also have an alleged accomplice in custody.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has identified several ways individuals can help:
- There is a hotline “for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this incident” at 866-535-5654.
- For those in the area who wish to donate blood for injured victims, there are two locations: 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas and 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson.
- “UMC will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services. It will be held at UMC’s Delta Point Building located at 901 N. Rancho Lane.”
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