LAS VEGAS (WAVY) — Reactions are pouring in from across the country after a shooting in Las Vegas killed more than 50 people.
Authorities said early Monday that 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire on an estimated crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the time time the shooting took place.
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
SWAT officers who stormed the hotel Paddock fired from found that he had killed himself, authorities said.
In the aftermath of the shooting, officials in Virginia and across the country have responded to the shooting, which is the deadliest in modern US history.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) released a statement Monday morning:
This morning Americans awoke to news of the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the survivors of this horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The frequency of mass shootings are far too common in our country. No one deserves to bear witness to the type of carnage that occurred in Las Vegas last night.
The federal government is charged with the basic responsibility of keeping American’s safe, and the President and Congress have an obligation to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Congress cannot continue to sit idly by. The American people are demanding that their elected officials take action to prevent more of these horrendous and widespread incidences of violence in our country from happening again. Addressing this issue must be our top priority and I urge the President and the leadership in Congress to take meaningful action that is long overdue. The House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force has made many recommendations that could serve as the beginning of deliberations. Congress could also establish a select committee on this issue pursuant to H. Res. 367, Establishing the Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. I and many of my colleagues are ready to work together to make sure these mass shootings are no longer a common occurrence in our society.”
Local police departments in Hampton Roads also offered their thoughts and prayers to the victims of the shooting.
President Donald Trump offered his condolences in a tweet Monday morning. He is expected to make a statement from the White House.
Pope Francis called the shooting a “senseless tragedy” and praised the efforts of police and emergency crews.