Sunday, Oct. 1 now marks the date of the “deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.” As of Monday after there are a confirmed 58 dead and over 500 wounded after a gunman reportedly fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
There is a candlelight vigil being hosted on Old Main Lawn on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. “Join us tonight for a time of reflection, remembrance, and prayer. We support those who mourn the lives lost in the tragic shooting in Las Vegas,” campus chaplain, Eric Doolittle, shared with the campus community via email.
In Las Vegas, the gunman has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock and there is currently no known motive for the shooting. Paddock reportedly killed himself before the police got to him in the hotel. The victims’ injuries are said to come from bullets as well as panic injuries like trampling, car accidents, etc. Paddock fired from the hotel down on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival which typically draws in around 25,000 people each year.
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that in the wake of the Las Vegas attack the city already has security plans in place for the Oct. 8 Chicago Marathon and upcoming Cubs playoff games at Wrigley Field.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in her White House press briefing today that “the focus is to help these people rebuild their lives.”
People in Las Vegas have been donating blood to support the victims of the attack.
There are ways you can help and take action. You can donate to the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross which accepts donations on its website.