- At least two Canadians are among the dead after a gunman unleashed a shower of bullets on an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 500 others as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers ran for their lives.
- Jordan McIldoon, of Maple Ridge, B.C. is among the dead, a relative confirmed. He would have turned 24 on Friday and was a month shy of completing a heavy-duty mechanics course. In a Facebook post, Heather Gooze wrote that McIldoon died in her arms. Premier Rachel Notley confirmed that an Albertan has also died.
- — Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley)Mon, Oct 02 2017 18:03:45Our hearts go out to the loved ones of the Albertan who was killed in the Las Vegas attack. We are so sorry for your loss.
- — McCarran Airport (@LASairport)Mon, Oct 02 2017 08:53:45Nearly two dozen @LASairport flights diverted to other airports overnight. If traveling Monday morning, please check status w/ your airline.
- Country music star Jason Aldean was performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman opened fire across the street from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. SWAT teams quickly descended on the concert and the casino, and officers used explosives to get into the hotel room where the suspect was inside, authorities said. The incident is now in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
- Another country musician, Jake Owen, was part of the concert:
- — Jake Owen (@jakeowen)Mon, Oct 02 2017 08:19:03Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thank you LVPD and responders for keeping us safe
- — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Mon, Oct 02 2017 11:11:37My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
- The gunman died at the scene and was identified by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo as Stephen Paddock. A motive as not immediately known.
- Other famous musicians shared warnings and condolences on Twitter, including Canadian Celine Dion, who currently lives and performs in Las Vegas:
- — Nickelback (@Nickelback)Mon, Oct 02 2017 06:46:57Praying for everyone in Las Vegas tonite. Please get to safety, help one another out. This is absolutely horrific. Our hearts are broken.
- — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel)Mon, Oct 02 2017 11:54:29Heartbroken by the news out of Las Vegas. Praying for those of us waiting for news from loved ones who went to hear live music on a Sunday.
- And musician Luke Combs, who had performed earlier that night, shared this:
- Sunday's shooting came more than four months after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. British Prime Minister Theresa May was among those expressing condolences:
Canadians among the dead at Las Vegas concert massacre
Officials in Las Vegas now say at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in a shooting at an outdoor music festival. That makes it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
byThe Canadian Press/La Presse canadienne1,544 Views