Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe issued the following statement:
The October 1, 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, NV appears to have been the premeditated murder of 58 and the wounding of about 500 innocent people. I agree with President Trump, that this massacre was an “act of pure evil,” that our nation should be united “in sadness, shock and grief,” and that “we cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss.” Please pray for all of those who have suffered loss and injury, and have been deeply impacted by this horrific event. And please try to ignore those politically-driven people on the left, who are already politicizing this tragedy, by calling for restrictions upon our law abiding citizen’s Constitutionally guaranteed 2nd Amendment rights.
Arizona’s leaders are reacting to the horrific mass shooting last night in Las Vegas. Governor Doug Ducey and others called for prayers for the dead and injured.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports that law enforcement officers from Arizona were injured in the shooting. An off-duty Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer and a DPS employee suffered minor injuries, according to DPS Public Information Officer Quentin Mehr.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the lone suspect involved in the late night mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada. According to a Tucson Citizen from 1971, Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins “Chromedome” Paddock, lived with his family in Tucson before he was arrested for a bank robbery in 1960.
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out. LVMPD SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the suspect dead.
The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and more than 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting. Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.