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Legal Aid takes over Las Vegas shooting assistance center

Photos: Las Vegas music festival mass shooting
Posted at 11:19 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 02:19:47-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is taking over administration of a program that assists survivors, family members and victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Legal Aid executive Barbara Buckley announced Tuesday there will be no disruption of Vegas Strong Resiliency Center services under the move approved by the Clark County Commission.

The Vegas Strong center is due to stay open through at least May 2021.

Officials say counseling, referrals and legal assistance are the biggest needs of people affected by the October 2017 attack - including first responders, those who helped victims and witnessed to the shooting.

Fifty-eight people died and more than 850 were injured when a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel into an open-air country music concert crowd of 22,000 people on the Las Vegas Strip.