The country is in mourning today, as we learn more about the shooting in Las Vegas that has taken at least 58 lives at this writing and injured hundreds more.
Authorities said Stephen Paddock, 64, Mesquite, Nev., opened fire on thousands of people attending an outdoor music concert Sunday from a hotel room on the Las Vegas strip. Witnesses interviewed on television said they thought the “pop, pop, pop” noises they heard were fireworks during Jason Aldean’s performance at the event, before realizing they were shots being fired.
We’re grateful for the first responders and law enforcement who so quickly helped those injured at the concert and the medical personnel who also worked to save the lives of those who were injured.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday directed state government agencies to fly the U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, and encouraged state residents to do the same as a mark of respect for the victims of the shooting, following President Donald Trump’s directive.
In Trump’s speech to the country Monday morning, he said America comes together at times like this, “In moments of tragedy and horror.” He also said “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.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with those families who lost a loved one, those who were injured and those who helped when this tragedy happened.
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