Las Vegas Shooting: 59 Dead, 527 Injured

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3 October 2017 | 12:39 pm

Las Vegas Shooting: 59 Dead, 527 Injured

It is with devastating sadness to report the recent Las Vegas attack numbers.  Now identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, the armed shooter used his Mandalay Bay suite as a sniper’s headquarters.  Breaking a window of the hotel’s room Paddock shot down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay at festival-goers enjoying the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Nearly 22,000 people were in attendance last weekend.  This is the target Paddock used when shooting hundreds of rounds of ammunition at the festival killing 58 people so far and sending 527 to the hospital for injuries sustained during the attack.

At least 23 weapons were recovered from the hotel room and 19 weapons from his home in Mesquite, Nev. Police said Paddock attacked alone, but even more than 24-hours later the reason behind the attack is unclear.  Paddock’s family members are just as horrified and shocked by this incident as the rest of the world. There was no manifesto or reason to suspect this behavior from the shooter. Aside from collecting evidence at the scene and working to get victims of the attack healed in the hospital, police say their main goal is to find the motivation behind this shooter’s attack.  The motivation is also difficult to find when SWAT confirmed Paddock had taken his own life just before they entered the suite.

While no words can express how terrible it is to lose someone let alone 58 someones, police are working to bring these victims and their families a bit of closure. Vigils were held all across the Las Vegas valley, thousands of people showed up to donate blood to banks to use during this crisis and all the first responders, doctors, surgeons, police officers, paramedics and everyone involved have worked seamlessly together. The city as a whole has risen up to the occasion and has worked to get things back on track. You never really “get over” these situations, but learn how to move forward after and make choices to help people feel safer.  This could have been anywhere. This could have been any festival. At this point there’s no real motivation behind the shootings and that’s the scary part. How do we move forward from this? We rally and we work together. It won’t be easy, but we can come out of this stronger.

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