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Nevada leaders, groups voice support following Las Vegas shooting

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 22:38:57-04

In the wake of Sunday night's devastating mass shooting outside Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, local officials and organizations Monday sent their thoughts and prayers, and pledged their commitment to the victims and families involved.

Many state leaders announced their intentions to meet with local law enforcement and first responders, as well as the families affected, to make sure they all have any needed resources.

Las Vegas entertainment and business organizations, and other local agencies also provided resources for those needing to find loved ones or donate in some way.

Nevada leadership and politicians

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval:

“My heart and prayers go the victims and their families and friends who were brutally killed and injured by a shocking and cowardly act of senseless violence.  This tragic and vicious attack on innocent people has claimed the lives of our fellow Americans and devastated hundreds of others who were simply enjoying a country music festival.  I will be in Las Vegas this morning to meet with law enforcement, first responders and to console the victims and their families and friends.  I ask that everyone take a moment to keep the people affected by this horrific tragedy in their thoughts and prayers.”

Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (Nev. - District 4):

“Today, the entire Las Vegas community and the entire country are in shock at this despicable act of violence. I am grieving and praying for the victims of this horrible shooting and their families. I urge all residents and visitors to the Las Vegas area to closely follow instructions and information coming from local authorities as this investigation unfolds. This cowardly attack on innocent people will not define who we are as a city, a state, or a country.”

Boulder City Mayor Rod Woodbury:

"The people of boulder city share in the grief and shock of the mass shooting that occurred on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night. We mourn with families and friends who have lost loved ones. As Nevadans we stand united against such evil and the acts that may have precipitated it. Boulder City is prepared to help our southern Nevada community heal and offer our services and support.

Boulder City hospital is working with United Blood Services to arrange a blood donation center, and our first responders are working hand in hand with our partner agencies to assist in any way we can."

Henderson Mayor Debra March and Henderson City Council:

“Our hearts are broken by the tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We ask everyone in Henderson and across our community to come together in support of all those who have been impacted by this horrific act. Our thanks go out to the police, firefighters and all the other first responders who have bravely acted to save lives. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and condolences that we are receiving from around the world. We know that employees of the City of Henderson and their family members have been directly affected by this senseless act of hatred and we will do all we can to care for our team members and their loved ones.”

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II:

"We know our Nevada family is hurting today after this unbelievable and horrific tragedy. Our Las Vegas community is devastated by the loss of life and the awful injuries resulting from this evil act, and our hearts go out to everyone affected. The swift actions of our first responders, the bravery of our law enforcement officers, and the generosity of people stepping up to donate blood and other resources is a testament to Nevada's strength and resilience. We know our state will heal together, and we will emerge stronger from this dark chapter."

Senator Dean Heller (R - Nev.):

“Nevada families are waking up to the shocking news of the tragic events that occurred last night in Las Vegas. Our communities are all in mourning as we try to understand this senseless massacre on the Strip. I want to thank our first responders for their swift actions and efforts that without a doubt saved numerous lives. I’ve been in contact with the White House and Governor Sandoval, and I will continue to monitor the situation as this horrific event unfolds. Lynne and I are praying for all of the victims and their families who are experiencing immense pain and grave, shocking loss that cannot be measured.”

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D - Nev.):

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in last night’s vicious and senseless attack outside the Mandalay Bay Resort. I thank the first responders for taking down the gunman and working tirelessly to treat the wounded. I am working with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County to ensure that local officials have the resources they need to support our community and investigate these tragic events.”

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (Nev. - District 3):

“There are no words to describe the devastation that our community has suffered and witnessed. I am heartbroken over the evil, horrific act of violence that has shaken Las Vegas and taken scores of innocent lives and injured hundreds more. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and with our community. I am grateful to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, our first responders, and all of the brave souls who risked their lives to save others. This unspeakable tragedy has left a dark stain on our history, but we will not let this painful moment define us. Las Vegas will always be a strong, vibrant city with an open heart and our lights will always keep on shining.”

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of this attack. Throughout the early morning hours, I have been on scene, in close contact with local, State and federal authorities. Sheriff Lombardo, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, other local law enforcement and all of our first responders have performed heroically, despite facing such a horrific and tragic act of violence. We all remain deeply grateful for their service.”

Nevada business and entertainment community

MGM Resorts:

MGM Resorts has established a hotline for the victims, their family members and others who were directly impacted by last night’s events, who wish to speak with us directly.  Those impacted may call 702.692.2300 or the toll free number 888.634.7111.
 
All other inquiries or guest service inquiries can be answered by the MGM Resorts call center at 855.788.6775
 
Metro has established the following number for those needing assistance in locating family members or friends: 866.535.5654

Station Casinos:

“We were deeply saddened by the news of the devastating event that occurred in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the countless others inside and outside of our community whose lives were affected by this horrific and senseless act.”

Las Vegas Golden Knights:

“We extend our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected by the tragic events that took place on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. We are grateful for our city’s brave first responders, law enforcement and medical personnel and the courage they demonstrated under unimaginable circumstances. We join in our city’s mourning and offer our full support to the people of Las Vegas to help grieve, heal and persevere.”

Oakland Raiders:

"The Raiders family is shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Las Vegas and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and first responders. The heart of the Raider Nation goes out to Las Vegas."

The Raiders also announced they would be donating $50,000 to the Las Vegas victims' fund. The National Football League soon followed that donation, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of this heartbreaking event. We are grateful for the first responders who bravely helped those in need.”

Other organizations and community leaders

Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department:

"We are deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that struck the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible incident. We commend the officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and all our first responders for their swift action. At this time, the LVMPD is asking for blood donations to help those in need. United Blood Services is accepting donations at 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas; 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson; or at University Medical Center (UMC) inside the Delta Point Building at 901 N. Rancho Lane in Las Vegas.
 
If you are looking for loved ones, please call the hotline at 1-866-535-5654 or visit the family reunification center at LVMPD headquarters located at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd., Building B.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce:

“Our city is heartbroken by the tragic massacre that took place in Las Vegas last night. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the Southern Nevada business community and its hundreds of thousands of employers and employees, sends our hearts and prayers to the victims and their families, who are our fellow residents as well as visitors to our city.

We appreciate the bravery and quick action by the many first responders and law enforcement agents, as well as the many employees, businesses and fellow Las Vegans who immediately stepped up to aid those in need. They are heroes and we are proud of them.

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber will post information on how you can help victims and how we can stand together as a resilient community."

Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs:

Words cannot express our grief and sadness over the senseless shooting in Las Vegas last night, Oct. 1. That a single person could bring upon Las Vegas such destruction and sadness - such stark contrast to what the city stands for - is unthinkable. We offer our humble condolences to the victims of this terrible crime, and to those whose lives are forever changed by this act. We offer our support to the local businesses that make their livelihoods from tourism.

We know that Las Vegas will shine again, but for now we mourn the tragedy it has endured in this dark time.

Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas:

“Our hearts go out to everyone. We are praying for those who have been injured, those who have lost their lives, for the medical personnel and first responders who, with bravery and self-sacrifice have helped so many. We are also very heartened by the stories of all who helped each other in this time of crisis.  As the Gospel reminds us, we are called to be modern day Good Samaritans.  We continue to pray for all in Las Vegas and around the world whose lives are shattered by the events of daily violence.  On this feast day of the Guardian Angels, we invite all to join us for an interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Guardian Angels this afternoon at 5 PM and invite our sisters and brothers around the world to join us in prayer for healing and for an end to violence. ”

ACLU Nevada

"Today our hearts are broken at the news of this horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families and friends of those grieving the loss and injury of their loved ones. We commend and thank our first responders for their rapid response to protect and preserve life at this incident.

Las Vegas is a strong and compassionate community and we will recover from this, but we must redouble our efforts to ensure that these all too frequent mass shootings do not define us as a city, a state, or a country."

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“I am praying for the victims of this shooting, their families and friends. And I am so grateful for the heroism and professionalism of the first responders who acted so courageously to bring this horror to an end. I send the injured all my strength: you have a long road ahead. Be strong. You can do it.  My heart is with the city of Las Vegas and all who were touched by this tragedy.

But I am praying for my former colleagues, our elected leaders, too. I am praying they find the courage it will take to make progress on the challenging issue of gun violence. I know they got into politics for the same reason I did - to make a difference, to get things done. Now is the time to take positive action to keep America safer. Do not wait. The nation is counting on you.”

National Governors Association:

“The nation’s governors are stricken and saddened by what has now become one of the deadliest shootings in modern American history.

Our deepest sympathies go to the victims and families of those affected by this heinous act of violence. We are also thankful for the first responders who risked their lives in the face of this tragedy.”