How To Determine If Loved Ones Are Safe After Las Vegas Mass Shooting
Kane County residents with friends or relatives in Las Vegas can visit a Facebook response page to help people determine whether their loved ones are safe. Click on “Friends in the Area” to see Facebook friends who have reported that they are safe.
The Las Vegas Police Department asks families looking to locate missing loved ones to call 1-866-535-5654, according to its Twitter page.
At least 58 people were killed Sunday night when a gunman fired hundreds of bullets into the Las Vegas Strip crowd, police said. About 515 others were rushed to hospitals after the mass shooting and ensuing stampede at a concert by Jason Aldean, a country music singer.
Media outlets are calling the Las Vegas event “the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.”
A lone gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, unleashed a hailstorm of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Paddock then killed himself, local authorities said.
About 22,000 people were at the concert.
Typically, authorities release names of the deceased after next-of-kin have been notified. The names of people who were injured in the shooting typically are not released.
As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, ABC reports that four of the victims who died in a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night have been identified.
Among the at least 58 who were killed in the attack include a registered nurse from Tennessee and three victims from California: a school worker, a special education teacher and a police records technician.
Rachel Parker was among two employees from California’s Manhattan Beach Police Department who were shot, according to a police press release. Parker, a records technician, died in the hospital, police said. The other victims identified were Sandy Casey, a special education teacher in Manhattan Beach, Simi Valley Unified School District employee Susan Smith, and Sonny Melton, R.N., who died shielding his wife, Dr. Heather Melton, who survived.
In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, there was an outpouring of support for the victims of the tragedy as well as questions about how to help those in need. One of the clearest immediate needs was for blood donations and the Las Vegas Police put out a call for help.
SOURCES: CNN, New York Times, ABC, CBS