Faith Leaders Respond to Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History

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Las Vegas police sweep through a convention center area during lockdown at the Tropicana Las Vegas following an active shooter situation that left 50 dead and over 400 injured on the Las Vegas Strip during the early hours of Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

A gunman opened fire into a crowd gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, at a music festival on Sunday October 1, 2017. This morning following the attack last night, authorities have confirmed the present death toll of 50 people makes this the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

The Vegas shooting surpassed the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando that occurred in June 2016 and left 49 people dead.

Around 22,000 people were gathered last night on the Las Vegas strip to attend the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, used a vantage point from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel to shoot into the crowd.

BBC News reports authorities have no information so far about the motives of Paddock, and Sheriff Joe Lombardo said he acted as a “lone wolf.” However, police have located a woman, Marilou Danley, they believe was traveling with Paddock. Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada, located about 60 miles north of Las Vegas.

Faith and government leaders have responded to the tragedy on social media.

 

Praying for all involved in the devastating shooting in Las Vegas. Hard to find words. Christ have mercy 💔

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Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for ChurchLeaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.