Nevada lawmakers mourn victims of attack in Las Vegas

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Nevada lawmakers are sending prayers to the victims of the deadly Las Vegas shooting that left at least 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured.

Nevada Sens. Dean Heller (R) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D) thanked first responders who rushed to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in last night’s vicious and senseless attack outside the Mandalay Bay Resort. I thank the first responders for taking down the gunman and working tirelessly to treat the wounded,” Cortez Masto said in a statement.

{mosads}“I am working with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County to ensure that local officials have the resources they need to support our community and investigate these tragic events,” she said.

Heller said he has been in communication with both Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and the White House about the shooting.

“Nevada families are waking up to the shocking news of the tragic events that occurred last night in Las Vegas. Our communities are all in mourning as we try to understand this senseless massacre on the strip,” Heller said.

“Lynne and I are praying for all of the victims and their families who are experiencing immense pain and grace, shocking loss that cannot be measured,” he said, speaking of his wife, Lynne. 

Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) urged caution to those visiting Las Vegas as authorities conduct their investigation into the deadly attack.

“Today, the entire Las Vegas community and the entire country are in shock at this despicable act of violence. I am grieving and praying for the victims of this horrible shooting and their families,” Kihuen said.

“This cowardly attack on innocent people will not define who we are as a city, a state or a country,” he said.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the suspect, who has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor.

Paddock was found dead in his hotel room when authorities entered, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.

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