Local Residents Line Up to Donate Blood to Victims of Las Vegas Mass Shooting
Local Las Vegas residents are rolling up their sleeves to help and support the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting tagged the “deadliest mass shooting in US History.” People are lining up in front of blood banks and hospitals waiting in order to donate blood to their injured brothers and sisters of the Las Vegas shooting.
22,000 people were attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival when a lone gunman shot multiple rounds of ammunition at the crowd, leaving 59 people dead and 527 injured. The alleged gunman, who was later identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64 year-old man, was found dead on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
President Donald Trump called the incident a “pure act of evil” and a “senseless murder,” according to reports from Independent. And while the whole nation grieves this horrific mass shooting, local Las Vegas residents joined together in a heroic effort to donate blood to the victims.
Social and traditional media called the people of Las Vegas to step forward and help out: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sent out a tweet message on its social media page, asking people “to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting,” and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Clark County made a statement to the media asking people to “donate blood to help the cause.”
Of course, the local community responded strongly. According to CBS, “over 500 people stood in line at one United Blood Services Center in the city Monday morning.”
People actually started lining up immediately after the incident. “People [are] just at this blood bank location helping, walking the line with food and water and picking up trash,” said Shanda Maloney, one of the donors, “This is what we do, not only as a community, but as human beings.”
There were also several other initiatives, such as the GoFundMe account created by Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak in order to help the families and the victims themselves in their road to recovery. The initial target was to raise $500,000, but Inside Edition reported: “It has already raised more than $700,000 and the goal was upped to $1 million.”
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