Local, National Reaction to Las Vegas Concert Shooting

A police officer takes cover behind a police vehicle during a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A gunman who was perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino shot at Jason Aldean concert goers Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to police, at least 58 people are dead and more than 515 people have been taken to the hospital. Music artists, government officials and people from around the world have taken to social media using “#prayforvegas.”

Governor Martinez issued the following statement:

Our hearts go out to all those killed and injured as well as their families and loved ones. This was a heinous act on innocent people including at least one fellow New Mexican. We should join together to help our friends and neighbors in Nevada. I’ve discussed it with Governor Sandoval and offered whatever assistance is needed – be it law enforcement or any other help that may be necessary. I am also authorizing time off for any state employee who donates blood to help assist the people of Las Vegas. As we learn more in the coming hours and days, let’s continue to stand ready to help and keep the people of Nevada in our prayers.

Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement:

Jill and I join the entire nation in mourning the victims of this horrific attack, and we grieve for their families, friends, and loved ones. Across the country, the American people woke up to news of yet another unspeakable act of gun violence – this time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This despicable act is beyond comprehension, and our nation’s outrage and heartbreak are beyond words.

Already, the stories are pouring in of heroism and incredible bravery in the face of this evil. Our gratitude is boundless for the first responders, law enforcement and everyday citizens who put their lives on the line to save others. These are the stories that we must remember as we struggle to make sense of this appalling attack.

As we grapple with yet another horrifying act of gun violence in America, we must channel our pain into real action to honor the memories of those we have lost. Congress has the power to do something about this epidemic. It’s long past time we did.

Senator Martin Heinrich issued the following statement:

I’m sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts. These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy. Our country is weary from violence and grief and the American people deserve meaningful action from Congress. It’s long past due for a legislative response to keep guns out of the hands of those that would turn them against our communities.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:

Americans are grieving today, and I pray for everyone who was affected by the tragic loss of life in Las Vegas. I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, police and first-responders, including concert-goers, who selflessly came to the aid of victims.

Like other recent acts of domestic terrorism, we are once again in shock and unable to explain the senseless loss of life. Nobody wants to politicize a personal tragedy. At the same time, I understand why most Americans are frustrated and upset by the lack of action in Congress to address gun violence. We all have a right to be safe in our communities, and that includes a family-friendly concert in Las Vegas. While we can’t prevent every tragedy, we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to prevent mass shootings.

Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver issued the following statement:

My heart breaks for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, their families and loved ones. As a country, we are long past the right time to address this national epidemic of domestic terrorism and senseless gun violence, and to consider real solutions to prevent future tragedies

 

.Congressman Ben Ray Lujan issued the following statement:

I was deeply saddened to learn that one of the fatalities in the Las Vegas, Nevada shooting was one of our own – an employee at Miyamura High School in Gallup. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and all the families of the victims of this tragic shooting. While the details are still coming in, I grieve for the innocent victims shot in this horrific and senseless act of violence. This tragedy has touched us all – with lives disrupted and futures cut short.