America woke up this morning to a nightmare. Again, that is.A 64-year-old seemingly upstanding citizen stockpiles an arsenal on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and rains down fire on a crowd of 22,000 innocents. Or as he saw them, prey.The numbers are incredible.At least 17 firearms, most of them AR-15 rifles, fired from two shooting platforms.At least 59 dead.At least 527 injured.A nation stunned, but not surprised. Though what has happened in Las Vegas is unspeakable, it is tragically, not unimaginable.We have lived this particular nightmare so many times before. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, San Bernardino, Orlando.In the coming days and weeks and months, we will struggle to understand what happened here, to search for red flags waving wildly but not seen in time to prevent tragedy. Honestly, I don't know why we bother. Only two things are certain. MONTINI: Shooting is shocking but not surprising DIAZ: … [Read more...] about Roberts: After Las Vegas shooting, are you angry yet?
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Lisa Romero-Muniz, a 48-year-old grandmother and Gallup, New Mexico, high school counselor, was among those killed in a mass shooting Sunday in Las Vegas, officials confirmed Monday.Romero-Muniz worked at the Hiroshi Miyamura High School. Her Facebook page shows several pictures of her with her children and four young grandchildren."She was not only an employee of our school district, but was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students in many of our schools," district Superintendent Mike Hyatt said in a news release Monday."As a colleague, she was outgoing, kind and considerate of all those she worked with and we will miss all of these great attributes she shared with students, staff and parents in our community," Hyatt wrote. MORE: Arizona eyewitness to shooting: 'The man right next to my dad was killed'At a televised news conference, Hyatt noted that Romero-Muniz had worked for the district since 2003 at the elementary, middle-school … [Read more...] about New Mexico grandmother among Las Vegas shooting victims
Family and friends of Christiana Duarte, a University of Arizona alum who had been missing since the Sunday shootings at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, learned Tuesday that she has died. UA President Robert C. Robbins, in a statement released Tuesday afternoon, called Duarte's death a tragedy. "It is a shocking and horrific event for all of us," Robbins said. "I know I speak for the UA community in expressing our deepest condolences to Christiana's family and in asking for their privacy to be respected."Duarte, a recent UA graduate, was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with her brother's girlfriend Sunday when the gunman opened fire on concertgoers. The 22-year-old's cellphone was found with her ID in it, but her family could not immediately locate her. Maddie Noble, a close friend, was one of several people who posted information about their missing friend on Facebook Monday. Photos they shared on … [Read more...] about UA saddened by loss of alum Christiana Duarte in Las Vegas shooting
Richard Berger remembered how his 6-foot-6 son Steve used to go behind him and rest his chin on Richard's head. Steve would tell his father he was getting shorter. "You knew when Steve would walk into a room," Richard said. The 1991 Wauwatosa West graduate's life was tragically cut short on Sunday, Oct. 1, after being shot at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. Steve was at the festival celebrating his 44th birthday with friends. Fifty-eight people were killed and nearly 500 injured when Stephen Paddock opened fire from a 32nd-floor room inside Mandalay Bay on a crowd of 22,000 during the final night of the country music festival. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Richard, who lives with his wife, Mary, in Brookfield, said while he grieves for his son, he also grieves for the other lives lost during the shooting. He has read all the summaries about each person and commented how they were all super people. Steve … [Read more...] about Online fundraisers set up to support children of Las Vegas shooting victim Steve Berger
Once again, someone with a gun turns an American playground into a killing field.A country music concert in America’s capital of fun — Las Vegas — is the latest and most deadly example. We’ve seen this happen on a baseball field, a nightclub in Orlando, a holiday party, malls and even actual school playgrounds — in Townville, S.C., Chicago and Kansas City in the last year alone.You may not have heard about the playground shootings, because only a few children were killed or injured. Shootings have become so commonplace in the United States that most rarely make the national news.Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, there have been at least 1,518 mass shootings, with at least 1,715 people killed and 6,089 wounded, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The database defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are killed or … [Read more...] about Will Las Vegas shootings stir us to act, or will we shrug again?
Chrisanna Roberts loves country music. On Sunday night, the 26-year-old Louisville native shared a video of Jason Aldean singing the hit song "Any Ol' Barstool" on her Instagram, the final performer of the Route 91 Harvest Festival: a three-day country concert series in Las Vegas.But just 45 seconds after her post, she would be caught in the middle of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A "lone wolf gunman" took aim at the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino around 10 p.m. local time, Las Vegas Metro Police said Monday, killing 58 people and injuring upwards of 500.Roberts said she and her four friends dove into a merchandise booth selling concert apparel to take cover. With a barrage of bullets flying from what seemed like every direction, she faced a tough choice. “Are we going to sit here and hide and hope that this shooter doesn’t walk around the corner? Or should we risk it and run to try and get out … [Read more...] about ‘I thought I was going to die’: Former Louisville athlete recounts horror of Las Vegas shooting
Charley Hoffman was celebrating the USA’s victory in the Presidents Cup well into the wee hours of the first night of October when he began receiving text messages and emails.His mood quickly started to change. A few hours later Hoffman was en route to a New Jersey airport when he learned of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where a lone gunman killed 58 people and wounded nearly 550 more who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip.“How could this happen?” Hoffman remembered thinking.The news hit hard for Hoffman, a San Diego native who spent 20 years calling Las Vegas home. He graduated from UNLV in 1999, was a standout for the golf team that won the 1998 NCAA Championship, and still owns a home in the area. And a few of his friends were at the concert but were not injured.“Las Vegas is a town that virtually everyone has been to and they love to come to the city. And the local people are very proud of their city, very proud of the local … [Read more...] about Charley Hoffman explains his decision to donate check to Las Vegas shooting victims
Sen. Chuck Grassley sent out a standard “prayers for victims” tweet after the Las Vegas shooting.The response was swift — and brutal.NYCNewbies tweeted: What is your prayer? "I pray the families of those killed don't realize just how complicit I am in the proliferation of mass shootings"? More: Las Vegas shooting: The gun fight is over and the gun-rights crowd won More: Navy vet on Vegas shooting: We need gun laws that make us as safe as our military Peter Jacobson added: Your prayers are not enough! There's no reason for US citizens to own weapons that can cause mass murder. It is insane to think otherwise.Christie Rosalie: [email protected] instead of praying, stop accepting NRA $ and start changing gun laws.Joseph Papryzcki: Laws stop this, not prayers. Do your job.You get the idea. Grassley said Wednesday he hadn't seen the Twitter response but cited a Bible verse calling on prayers for all leaders: "First of all, … [Read more...] about Las Vegas shooting: Don’t attack politicians or me for offering prayers
When you watch shaky videos of Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, one thing stands out: the sound. The shots come in quick succession, like a jackhammer, followed by a few seconds when the gunman presumably was reloading. The crowd is sprayed with unceasing pulses, hundreds of rounds translating into lost and maimed lives.As you watch, helplessly, all you can think is, "When is this sound going to stop? Please, for the love of God, someone make it stop!"The gunman, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, was able to fire off so many shots in succession because he had altered his legal semiautomatic rifles with what could have been two "bump stocks," which can be purchased legally that enables a rifle to shoot up to 700 rounds per minute. More: Navy vet on Vegas shooting: We need gun laws that make us as safe as our military More: Jimmy Kimmel's tears aren't helping Las Vegas victims or decreasing gun violence That is why Paddock's gun had the sound … [Read more...] about After Las Vegas shooting, we should all agree to ban ‘bump stocks’
The massacre in Las Vegas killed 58 people and wounded 489 who were crowded together into one field, but those deaths have been felt across the entire continent.The Clark County Coroner released the names of all 58 victims on Thursday. The list includes people from California to Massachusetts to the provinces of Canada.They range in age from 20 to 67. They were mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren.They worked in hospitals, police stations, schools, day cares, restaurants and fishing boats. They were at the Route 91 Harvest festival to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and a shared love of music.Here are all the victims of Sunday's shooting:Age: 34City: Beaumont, Calif.The mother of three young children was with her husband of 17 years when she was killed during the shootout.Her father-in-law, Dave Ahlers, said she was a stay-at-home mom who dedicated herself to her children and her family.“She was … [Read more...] about Here are all the victims of the Las Vegas shooting