Trump praises Las Vegas first responders, calls shooting ‘act of pure evil’

After over 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in Las Vegas late Sunday night, US President Donald Trump ordered that American flags be flown at half-staff for the next four days. “It was an act of pure evil,” he stated while addressing the nation. “Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one.”

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US President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday morning in light of the Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in America’s modern history. He announced that he plans to travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday in order to meet with law enforcement officials, first responders and the family members of the victims. Trump added that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are working with local law enforcement agencies on the investigation.

“We are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief,” he said at the beginning of his speech. “It was an act of pure evil.” Trump also praised the local police department and the first responders who reacted quickly to the shooting. “The speed with which they acted is miraculous,” he said. “To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something we for which we will always be thankful.”

Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The US president added that in light of the tragedy, he has instructed that all American flags at the White House and public buildings be flown at half-staff over the next four days. “Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one -- a parent, a child, a brother or sister,” he stated. “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period."

The scene after the shooting Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one -- and it always has,” he continued. “We call upon the bonds that unite us -- our faith, our family and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community and the comfort of our common humanity.”

Earlier today, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated that over 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino shooting. While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting and that the shooter converted to Islam a few months ago, the police department announced that there is no evidence that suggests that the shooter was a terrorist.



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