Heavily armed gunman opens fire kills 55, injures 100s in Las Vegas
Las Vegas: A heavily armed gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night brutally murdering more than 50 people, and wounding hundreds more before killing himself
The shooter opened fire on a 22000 strong crowd from a 32nd-floor window of Mandalay Bay hotel. As the police swung into action to locate the shooter there was chaos leading to a stampede as people ran for cover in all directions.
On Monday, police identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, a white American who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada,
The Us President Donald Trump has described the shooting incident as “an act of pure evil”.
In a statement the US President said that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.
Trump has thanked the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts in finding the shooter and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life.
Hundreds of citizens are mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister, Trump has said in his message adding we cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, Trump said in his statement: “we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.”
In memory of the fallen, the President has directed that the US flag be flown at half-staff.
Trump will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.