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How to check on family, friends after the Las Vegas shooting

A shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas killed 50 people and injured hundreds more. Here's how to check on any loved ones who were there.
Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve
Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after the mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters

At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 others injured Sunday night at a music festival in Las Vegas, marking the worst mass shooting in American history.

The gunfire started as country music singer Jason Aldean was performing during the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Las Vegas police have identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, 64. He opened fire on the festival crowd from his 32nd floor hotel room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, sending concertgoers dispersing as they ran for their lives.

The situation is undoubtedly still chaotic for those who were part of the crowd of more than 22,000 people, as well as for their loved ones.

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If you have friends or family who were in Las Vegas for the Route 91 Heart Festival and you haven’t heard back from them after the Sunday night shooting, call 1-866-535-5654, Las Vegas police advised.

Facebook has also activated its Safety Check feature after the act of violence. Those in the area, even if it’s not their default location, can check in that they are safe.

People are also using the Facebook crisis page for the Las Vegas shooting as a way to both request and offer assistance, including water, food and temporary shelter.

“If you need phones charged, shower or anything to just get away from the chaos we are here to help,” one user wrote. “Praying for everyone involved or those unaccounted for right now. … if you want to just chill and try to regain some peaceful feeling the door is open.”

Those in the area who want to help can also donate blood. Las Vegas police said that anyone who wants to donate blood for th einjured victims can visit Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara.

The FBI is asking anyone who was at the festival and has any video footage or photos from the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI (255-5324).

 

 
 
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