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Nevada, Las Vegas officials respond to Orlando shooting

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 22:17:33-04

Las Vegas City Hall will be dark Sunday night in remembrance of the Orlando shooting victims.

Flags are also flying half-staff at City Hall to honor the victims. At least 50 people have died and another 53 injured in the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman also released a statement on Twitter.

"Our deepest sympathies and support to the entire community of Orlando and to the families of those who lost their lives in this most senseless act committed by the most heinous, lowest type of humanity," she said.

Flags are also flying half-staff throughout the state after the shooting, following President Obama's proclamation. They will remain at half-staff through Friday. 
According to a statement, Gov. Brian Sandoval continues to receive updated information and has also ordered the Department of Public Safety and the Division of Emergency Management to remain vigilant in the wake of the shooting. State authorities will continue to actively monitor the situation and remain in constant communication with their local and federal partners.

Sandoval also posted a statement on Twitter.

"The Nevada family stands with Florida and the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy," he said. "Praying for peace and comfort during this time of pain and grief."


LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo released a statement as did the Nevada Highway Patrol Southern Command, both on Twitter.

"On behalf of LVMPD our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the senseless and tragic shooting in Orlando," Lombardo wrote.

NHP noted "now more than ever," that if people see something, they should say something.

"Thoughts and prayers to the victims and the entire Orlando community. Senseless, cowardly act," NHP posted on Twitter.

Congresswoman Dina Titus said on Twitter she was "heartbroken for the victims in Orlando and their families."

"This senseless loss of life must end," she said.

She later released a longer statement, reflecting on the fact the shooting happened during Pride Month.

"The nation is devastated by this horrific act of terror and hate at a nightclub that symbolizes the empowerment of the LGBT community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones, but they are not enough. This senseless loss of life from gun violence must stop. As we mourn, we must  continue to reflect upon and fight for civil rights during LGBT Pride Month. Terror must not silence our collective voice.”

Congressman Cresent Hardy released a statement, condemning what he called the "worst terrorist attack since 9/11."

“I want to lift up the victims of this horrible attack and their loved ones while giving thanks to the brave first responders who undoubtedly prevented further loss of life.

“Last night’s attack is a reminder that we must remain vigilant against the clear and present danger of radical Islamic terrorism. Whatever differences we may have here in the United States, we are all Americans and we all cherish our freedoms and way of life. Together, we will come together to defeat this extremism in defense of our fellow citizens and our liberty.”

In a statement, Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman said the shootings were conducted by "a coward" in an act of terrorism.

“We stand against hatred, bigotry, and all forms of violence. We can honor the innocent victims of these hate crimes by committing our lives to continued activity to enact common sense gun safety legislation, resist the temptation to promote hate speech, and recognize we are ALL God's children. Our lives must reflect the values of love, inclusiveness, and appreciation for our diverse heritage.”