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Alabama leaders react to Las Vegas mass shooting

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a 64-year-old heavily armed gunman opened concentrated fire on an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, approximately 450 yards away.  Alabama leaders responded to the tragedy, which is the most horrific mass shooting in modern American history.

“This morning America woke up to heartbreaking news out of Las Vegas,” U.S Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said in an email to constituents. “As of now at least 58 people have lost their lives and 500 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowded outdoor concert. I am sure the story will continue to develop, but right now we should all be thinking about those who are hurt and the families who have lost loved ones. My family and I will be praying for everyone impacted by this atrocious act of violence.”

“I’m praying for all affected by ‪#LasVegas shooting,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said. “We remember those lost and injured. Senseless violence has no place in our society.”

“Kayla and I are heartbroken this morning for those affected by the tragic shooting last night in Las Vegas,” Republican U.S. Senate candiate Roy Moore said. “We are praying for the victims and their families and for the first responders who continue to provide treatment for the injured.”

“This type of senseless and cowardly attack is reprehensible and horrific,” U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said on social media. “My prayer is for strength, comfort, healing, and understanding. There were undoubtably many heroes during the tragic event in Las Vegas, including first responders. We are grateful for their efforts.”

U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, and Terri Sewell, D-Selma, also offered prayers for the victims in Las Vegas.

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“We are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief,” President Donald Trump said. “Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.”

The president said the Department of Homeland Security is working with local enforcement. Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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