Trudeau Issues Statement on Vegas Mass Shooting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on the latest mass shooting in the United States.  The incident occurred in Las Vegas at a country music festival late Sunday night.

The attacker has been identified as 65-year old Stephen Paddock.  Media reports say as many as 23 guns were found in his hotel room  on the 32 floor of  the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.  Police report Paddock opened fire from the window of his 32nd floor hotel room using either an automatic rifle, or a semi-automatic rifle.  The Guardian reports Paddock may have used something to improve the  firing speed of a semi-automatic.

Paddock killed 59 including two Canadians.  527 people were injured, including six Canadians. “Las Vegas has long  been celebrated by people from around the globe including many Canadians.  We grieve with this city and the United States.  Such acts only strengthen our resolve to stand together, united,” Trudeau said.  This is considered the largest mass-shooting in American history.

Friends, and family of Canadians known to be in Las Vegas are being asked to contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by phone: 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124.  They can be contacted by email: sos@international.gc.ca.

Update: Fourth Canadian Confirmed Dead

Authorities have confirmed a fourth Canadian has died in the attacks in Vegas.  34-year old Erin Roe of Okotoks Alberta was separated from her husband and friends in the chaos caused by the attack that killed 59, and injured over 500.  Roe was an Educational Assistant with the Foothills school division.  School Superintendent John Bailey released a statement, which reads in part:  “It has been a challenging time for our Division yet we continue to stand together and support one another. We have put our crisis response team in place and they will remain as long as is needed to assist students and staff.”  They have put together an online resource linked from their website.

The other three Canadians have been identified as:

  • 23-year old Jordan Mclldoon of Maple Ridge, B.C.
  • 34-year old Jessica Klymchuk of Valleyview, Alberta
  • 28-year old Calla Medic of Edmonton, Alberta