In the wake of the senseless violence and now deep heartache from the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night, leadership from Washington and around the world are sending their condolences to those affected by this tragedy.
After being briefed this morning about the carnage that left at least 50 dead and hundreds more wounded, the President tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement on Twitter, saying he and his wife were praying for the victims. Pence also wrote, “The hearts & prayers of the American people are with you. You have your condolences and sympathies.”
The First Lady, Melania Trump, tweeted her “heart and prayers” to the victims, families and loved ones. And the First Daughter and top presidential adviser, Ivanka Trump, wrote, “our collective hearts are breaking for the victims and their families.”
Former President Barack Obama tweeted that he is praying for the victims of a shooting in Las Vegas. “Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.”
Foreign leaders sent their condolences on the tragedy Monday morning. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter, as did London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“PM — The UK’s thoughts are with the victims and the emergency services responding to the appalling attack in Las Vegas,” May tweeted. And London Mayor Khan tweeted, “A deeply sad day for the city of Las Vegas. London sends our condolences to the victims and their families.”
Nevada politicians also responded Monday morning to the massacre, denouncing the violence and offering thanks to first responders.
“Senseless, horrifying act of violence in Las Vegas tonight,” Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is from Nevada, tweeted. “Praying for all the victims & those impacted by the tragedy.”
“Thankful for police and first-responders on the scene,” Heller said.
Nevada’s Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto offered prayers to the victims and thanks to the first responders on Twitter.
“Praying for all those affected by this senseless tragedy. Thank you to all the first responders. I will continue to monitor the situation,” Cortez Masto tweeted.
Nevada Governor Sandoval called the shooting a “tragic & heinous act of violence” and offered his prayers.
“A tragic & heinous act of violence has shaken the #Nevada family. Our prayers are w/ the victims & all affected by this act of cowardice,” he tweeted. He also said in a statement that he would be in Las Vegas to meet with officials and first responders and to console the victims and their family and friends.
The shooter has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He is a Nevada resident and is considered to be a “lone wolf” attacker. The victims were attending a Jason Aldean country music concert on the Las Vegas strip at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The three day event reportedly draws 30,000 attendees.