Mass shooting at Las Vegas concert kills 58, wounds 527


Courtesy of Carlos Levya

Across the site of the festival, people visit a makeshift memorial, one of several that have been set up in the last week in the wake of the shooting. Fifty-eight people were killed and at least 527 were injured.

by Anvi Banga, Anjay Saklecha, and Aditya Singhvi

A mass shooting left 58 people dead and 527 injured at a Las Vegas country music concert on Oct. 2.

Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male, fired shots into a crowd of over 22,000 people from a 32nd floor suit of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where he had armed himself with 23 weapons. He shot himself before law enforcement officials could reach his room.

Many Republicans said that a debate over gun control would be inappropriate at the time. Others have taken this event as an opportunity to lobby for gun control, saying that it is more important than ever.

President Trump expressed his condolences to the victims and their families and praised the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police for their quick responses through tweets on Oct. 2 and 3.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on October 12, 2017.