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The Facts —

  • A 64-year-old male named Stephen Craig Paddock allegedly opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas late at night on 1 October, killing more than 50 and wounding hundreds, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) confirmed in a press release on 2 October.
  • The suspect killed at least 58 people and authorities estimate 515 people were wounded in the attack, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
  • The attack in Las Vegas is the worst mass shooting in recorded US history, according to police statements reported by the Associated Press (AP).
  • The lone suspect targeted attendees at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert from a hotel room on the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where he was found dead when LVMPD SWAT breached the hotel room, LVMPD said.
  • The suspect had at least 17 guns in the hotel room where he had been staying since 28 September, two officials familiar with the investigation told the AP.
  • CNN reported the following additional details about the suspect:
    • The suspect was a wealthy real estate investor and a resident of a retirement community located in Mesquite, Nevada, which is about 81 miles northeast of Las Vegas, according to his brother, Eric Paddock. He had moved there about one year ago, his brother said.
    • A .223 caliber and a .308 caliber were among the weapons found in the hotel room.
    • At least one of the rifles used may have been altered to function as an automatic weapon based on initial reports, Sheriff Lombardo said.
    • Investigators believe the suspect purchased the weapons he had with him in the hotel room legally.
    • A representative from a Mesquite store called Guns & Guitars said it sold the suspect a gun and that “he never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.”
    • The suspect did not have any known affiliations with any terror or hate groups, according to his brother.
  • The FBI is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324 as the investigation into this shooting remains ongoing.
  • Mandalay Bay Resort has made crisis counselors available for any guests or employees in need of speaking to someone.
  • LVMPD tweeted Monday night:

Nevada Political Leaders Respond —

  • Democratic candidate for Governor of Nevada and Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo of Nevada have set up a verified GoFundMe account to aid survivors and their families that has already raised over $1 million as of 4:28 PM Eastern on 2 October.
  • Republican US Rep. Mark Amodei (Nevada) said:

“Unfathomable evil. Attacking harmless people who like listening to music – I don’t have the words. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this terrible tragedy. It’s a sad day.”

  • Democratic US Rep. Jacky Rosen (Nevada) said:

“There are no words to describe the devastation that our community has suffered and witnessed. I am heartbroken over the evil, horrific act of violence that has shaken Las Vegas and taken scores of innocent lives and injured hundreds more. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and with our community. I am grateful to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, our first responders, and all of the brave souls who risked their lives to save others. This unspeakable tragedy has left a dark stain on our history, but we will not let this painful moment define us. Las Vegas will always be a strong, vibrant city with an open heart and our lights will always keep on shining.”

  • Democratic US Rep. Dina Titus (Nevada) said:

  • Republican US Sen. Dean Heller (Nevada) said:

“Nevada families are waking up to the shocking news of the tragic events that occurred last night in Las Vegas. Our communities are all in mourning as we try to understand this senseless massacre on the Strip. 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 also said:

  • Democratic US Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada) said:

National Republican Leaders Respond —

  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, led a moment of silence at the White House on Monday afternoon.
  • Trump addressed the nation from the White House at approximately 10:40 AM Eastern. He said:

“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil…

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister. 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, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward…

Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today — and always will, forever…

In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.”

  • When asked if the President believes he could “bring something new to the gun debate that has been locked in typical politics for so many years,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said:

“[Today is] a day of reflection, a day of mourning, a day of gratefulness for those that were saved. And I think that there will be, certainly, time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment. But certainly, I think that there’s a time for that to happen…

I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there, so I think we have to — when that time comes for those conversations to take place, then I think we need to look at things that may actually have that real impact.”

  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) ordered flags around the US Capitol to be flown at half staff today and said:

“America woke up this morning to heartbreaking news. This evil tragedy horrifies us all. To the people of Las Vegas and to the families of the victims, we are with you during this time. The whole country stands united in our shock, in our condolences, and in our prayers.”

  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) said:

“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. Las Vegas is a place that people from around the country and the world go to visit. Communities across America will feel the pain of this violence personally—including my home town of Bakersfield, as several off-duty police officers attended the concert, one of whom was wounded. We are so thankful for the bravery of the first responders and average citizens who put themselves in danger to care for and protect others. May God bless us all as we mourn and search for healing.”

“The news we awoke to this morning was heartbreaking. What happened in Las Vegas is shocking, it’s tragic, and — for those affected and their families — it’s devastating. It’s hard to even imagine their pain. I hope they will know that we are all praying for them now. I hope they will find strength in the love and kindness of those around them in these hours of such darkness and pain. I hope they will see that our country is standing by their side today…

Many Americans are still in shock. Others have begun to wonder why someone would do something this terrible. Investigators will continue their dedicated work in search of answers, but what is clear now is that this is a moment for national mourning and for prayer.”

National Democratic Leaders Respond —

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (California) called for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence, saying:

“The epidemic of gun violence in our country continues to challenge the conscience of our nation…

Nearly 12,000 Americans have been killed by guns with 273 mass shootings in 2017 – one for each day of the year. On average, more than 90 Americans lose their lives to gun violence every day, a daily toll of heartbreak and tragedy in communities across America…

First, Congress must pass the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to strengthen the life-saving background checks that keep guns out of the wrong hands. But this is only a first step…

I urge you to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis. The bipartisan committee would make recommendations to prevent unspeakable tragedies such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas and to restore confidence in the safety of our communities.”

“It is particularly despicable that this attack was carried out during a concert, transforming an evening of music and celebration into a heartbreaking and horrific night of violence. Our nation will never allow fear and violence to bow us or break our spirits.”

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (New York) said:

  • US Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) refused to participate in a moment of silence on the floor of the House on 2 October, saying:

  • Former US Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said:

  • Former President Barack Obama said:

International Leaders Respond —

“We express our most heartfelt condolences with the people of the United States for the terrible events that occurred this morning…

“Our Consulate in Las Vegas is in contact with local authorities and preparing to support possible affected Mexicans.”

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said:

  • United Kingdom Prime Minister and Conservatives Leader Theresa May said:

Latest Press Briefing from Las Vegas Police Department —

Stephanie Haney contributed to this report. 

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