LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence praised the heroic response by police and the resolve of the American individuals at a prayer service Saturday in Las Vegas earlier than organizers launched fifty eight white doves in reminiscence of every sufferer killed within the deadliest mass capturing in trendy U.S. historical past.
On the similar time, federal brokers began hauling away piles of backpacks, child strollers and garden chairs left behind by fleeing concertgoers who scrambled to flee raining bullets from a gunman who was capturing from his excessive-rise lodge suite.
“It was a tragedy of unimaginable proportions,” Pence stated as he addressed almost 300 individuals at Las Vegas Metropolis Corridor. “These we misplaced have been taken earlier than their time, however their names and their tales will eternally be etched into the hearts of the American individuals.”
Investigators have remained stumped about what drove gunman Stephen Paddock, a reclusive sixty four-yr-previous excessive-stakes video poker participant, to start capturing on the crowd at a rustic music pageant from his thirty second-flooring Mandalay Bay lodge suite final Sunday, killing fifty eight and wounding a whole lot earlier than taking his personal life.
The unity service Saturday afternoon got here after dozens of individuals — many sporting shirts that stated “Vegas Robust” — marched from Mandalay Bay to Metropolis Corridor. After speeches from Pence and different politicians, doves have been launched into the air, flying in a large arc after which disappearing into the space as somebody shouted, “God bless America!”
“On Sunday night time, Las Vegas got here face-to-face with pure evil, however no evil, no act of violence, will ever diminish the power and goodness of the American individuals,” Pence stated. “Within the depths of horror, we’ll all the time discover hope within the women and men who danger their lives for ours.”
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman informed the viewers that the main target wants to stay on the victims, not “that horrific mindless animal.”
Lisa Rhoads-Shook, whose brother-in-regulation was contained in the Mandalay Bay when the capturing broke out, stated she needed to attend the unity service to be a part of the dialog about change.
“I’m so unhappy and it’s not truthful, actually, for us to expertise one other avoidable tragedy. We’ve got to acknowledge that there isn’t a higher time to speak about gun management,” she stated. “I don’t assume the Founding Fathers needed the correct to bear arms to develop into the suitable to construct an arsenal in your house.”
Investigators have chased 1,000 leads and examined Paddock’s politics, funds, any potential…