Monday, October 18, 2021

Mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas


A mass shooting at a concert near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip left at least 20 people dead Sunday night and more than 100 people injured, the New York Times reports.

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT teams responded to reports of an active shooter at 10:08 PM, at the Route 91 Harvest county music festival during the outside performance of singer Jason Aldean.

One dead gunman, who fired on the outdoor crowd from the 32nd story of the casino, was not immediately identified at a news conference this morning, but Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County did say he was believed to be the sole gunman and that he was a local resident.

Voxitatis will update this page as more information becomes available … “In what seems to be the most lethal mass shooting in U.S. history, a gunman who fired from a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200,” the Wall Street Journal reported in this morning’s edition.

Mr Lombardo also said investigators are looking for a companion, identified as Marilou Danley, an Asian woman under 5 feet tall. “We have not located her at this time, and we are interested in talking to her,” he told reporters.

Hours after the shooting, there was no word as to how the mass shooting would affect schools in the Clark County School District, and reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a high-circulation newspaper, didn’t mention any effect on schools.

UPDATE 9:00 AM local time: The Clark County School District announced that all classes in their schools would be on a normal schedule today but that student absences in the wake of the shooting would be considered “excused.” Here’s the message issued by the school district:

Classes at all CCSD schools are on a regular schedule today.

All student absences today will be excused. Schools are open today. Safekey will be in session, but after-school programs are cancelled.

The following is a message from the Office of the Superintendent of the Clark County School District.

Many parents have inquired about the status of school today following last night’s tragedy on The Strip. We want you to know that school will be in session today for all CCSD schools. Safekey programs will operate on their normal schedules. However, all after school sports and activities have been canceled for today.

Students and staff directly impacted by the tragedy will be excused. All student absences will be excused today. Those impacted by the incident should contact their school or supervisor directly.

We want you to know that counseling services will also be available for students at all of our schools.

This is a difficult time for our community, and we are offering district counselors to help people and properties impacted by the mass shooting.

If you have any additional questions, contact your child’s school directly. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

—The message was repeated in Spanish.

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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