News like this is never easy to write about, especially with the growing frequency at which it is happening.
I’ve written, deleted, walked away from my computer and tried to type this article again and again and again.
This is deeply saddening.
We’re not massive fans of reporting on things like this as we like to keep things light-hearted and positive.
In saying that, we’re going to aim towards positive action in this post.
In order to do that, we need to report on what we know at this point.
This is the deadliest shooting in US history.
A record that seems to get broken every year.
The photos and videos in this post are incredibly disturbing.
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What we know so far
- At least 50 people have been killed and more than 400 injured at a country music festival in Las Vegas, in the worst mass shooting in US history. Two police officers, including one who was an off-duty member of the Las Vegas police department, are among the dead.
- The shooter was named by police as Stephen Paddock, 64. Police say they believe he killed himself before officers raided his his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, from where he fired multiple rounds at concertgoers at the Route 91 harvest country music festival.
- Police found at least 10 guns in Paddock’s room. He had been staying in the room since 28 September.
- Paddock was described as a “lone wolf” with no known links to terrorist groups. His motives are unknown and he had no police record. A spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security says there is no information to indicate a “specific credible threat” to other public venues.
- Police have found Paddock’s “companion”, Marilou Danley. They said she was out of the country and has been questioned by the police.
- Paddock’s house in Mesquite, Nevada is being searched. His two vehicles have been found. Public records listed previous addresses for Paddock in Texas and California, as well as a 2010 licence to hunt and fish in Alaska.
- Donald Trump tweeted his condolences and sympathies. His planned trip to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico has been delayed.
- Jason Aldean, the country music star who was performing as the shooting took place, described the scene as “beyond horrific”. He said he and his crew were safe, but added: “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
- Concertgoers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel and several videos of the aftermath show hundreds of people fleeing in panic as shots continued. Around 22,000 people were attending the concert when Paddock opened fire.
- Some flights have resumed at the city’s McCarran international airport after all planes were temporarily grounded on Sunday evening.
What we know:
• Mr. Paddock was found dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the police said, and authorities believe he committed suicide.
• At least 10 guns were found in Mr. Paddock’s hotel room, including several rifles.
• Mr. Paddock was a resident of Mesquite, Nev., about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the Mesquite police, said the department has had no previous contact with Mr. Paddock.
• The Las Vegas police also had nothing more than a routine traffic violation on Mr. Paddock, according to Kevin McMahill, the department’s undersheriff.
• Mr. Paddock’s residence was expected to be searched Monday morning.
• A companion of Mr. Paddock’s was questioned by the Las Vegas police but was not believed to have been involved in the shooting.
• The shooting began around 10:08 p.m. local time, the police said. The authorities estimated that 406 people were transported to hospitals. There were more than 22,000 people at the concert.
What we don’t know:
• The suspect’s motive is unclear.
• It is not yet clear whether the suspect planned the shooting alone or was working with others.
• The authorities have not announced whether the suspect had any ties to domestic or international terrorist groups.
In a world so rich with evil and hate, be the difference.
We ask that you view these events as hugely preventable.
Where evil fights with weapons, we fight with love.
Be good to those around you, spread love and peace and be that person that changes someone’s day because of your nice gesture.
In times like this it’s easy to feel angry, depressed and lose sight of your purpose here on earth but remember that you don’t get a choice of how long you or those around you get on this little planet.
So make sure the time you’ve been given is used for the betterment of what we leave behind.
You have the power of change.
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