Monday, 2 October 2017

“Such a senseless tragedy” - US Congress react to Las Vegas shooting

Following Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, some members of Congress have taken turns to express their thoughts and offer prayers for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting incident in U.S. history, Washinton Examiner reports.

More than 50 people have died while over 400 were left wounded after a gunfire was opened on a country music festival in Las Vegas.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Horrified and heartbroken by the awful tragedy in #LasVegas last night. Praying for those lost, wounded & waiting for news from loved ones.”

“Such a senseless tragedy in Las Vegas. This horrific act has our nation praying for the victims and their families. May God bless us all”, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote.

McCarthy added, “Our nation woke up this morning to tragedy on an unimaginable scale. These are times when we turn to God trying to understand how such inhuman acts can happen. Our nation prays for those who died and for those still fighting to live”.

In his own words, Sen. Dean Heller said he has spoken with the White House and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval about the shooting, which he called a “senseless massacre.”

“I want to thank our first responders for their swift actions and efforts that without a doubt saved numerous lives. I’ve been in contact with the White House and Governor Sandoval, and I will continue to monitor the situation as this horrific event unfolds. Lynne and I are praying for all of the victims and their families who are experiencing immense pain and grave, shocking loss that cannot be measured”, Heller stressed.

Also, Heller’s colleague, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, praised the police and other emergency workers who rushed to the scene.

“I am working with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County to ensure that local officials have the resources they need to support our community and investigate these tragic events,” Cortez Masto said in a statement Monday.

Rep. Dina Titus, representing Las Vegas said, “My heart aches for the victims, their loved ones, and our community. We are a resilient and benevolent town that will not be intimidated by acts of violence.”

She equally assured that her office and staff are available to help.

The suspect, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male who reportedly killed himself in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel rained down hundreds of rounds on people at a country music festival Sunday night.

President Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama have both issued condolence messages to the victims of the shooting, with the former president describing it as “another senseless tragedy”.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the shooting saying, Paddock joined its fold a few months ago.

The Route 91 Harvest Festival was in its third and final day and country music singer, Jason Aldean was on stage performing to a crowd of over 22,000 when sporadic shooting began at about past 10pm. Aldean ran off the stage while the crowd scampered in multiple directions.

Stephen Paddock
The gunman was found dead in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel from where he opened fire. Along with his body, police discovered “at least 10 rifles” in the hotel room where he had reportedly been staying since Thursday.

Singer Jason Aldean, who was onstage as the last performer at the music festival when the gunman opened fire, says the mass shooting which killed 50 people and left over 200 injured “beyond horrific.”

Aldean wrote in a caption on his Instagram page, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate”.

Paddock was said to have been travelling with his roommate, a 62-year-old Asian female, Marilou Danley who had initially been declared a person of interest but was later found to be out of town at the time of the incident, TIME reports.

Although Islamic terrorist group, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack stating Paddock converted to Islam months ago, authorities earlier said there is no evidence to proof the lone wolf had any links to the organisation. Lombardo said, “Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static”.

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