ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A body is covered with a sheet in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus - RC14603A6AA0 Monday was a dark day in American history. The massacre of innocence in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded and injured at the hands of a shooter perched on the 32nd floor of a high rise casino hotel is a real-life nightmare that reminds us that there is “pure evil” in the world.
President Trump delivered a stirring tribute to those who perished as well as the unsung heroes of the Las Vegas massacre. First responders ran toward an active shooter situation that became a mass casualty event. As scores of terrified concert goers ran for their lives, police, fire, and other emergency personnel acted quickly to subdue the gunman and treat the wounded. Today we should all stop and say a prayer of thanks for our police men and women - the thin blue line – who quietly and without fanfare, go about their jobs knowing that a tragedy may come their way at any moment.
We’ve already started hearing the stories about the bravery of those who sacrificed their lives so others might live as concert goers responded to the call of their fellow citizens in need. Sunday night unthinkable tragedy came to Vegas and our first responders, police, fire, and emergency workers, stepped up with extraordinary valor and their acts of courage saved lives. As a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Maryland for over fifteen years, I know that the scene from last night’s attack will be seared into the minds of the first responders for the rest of their lives.
When these American heroes arrived at the scene, little did they know that they would be entering a war zone with a battlefield of dead and wounded. These first responders didn’t think twice, they went to work - just like they always do. These unthinkable images will have a deep psychological impact on the police and first responders who found themselves on the front line of terror. They deserve our deepest gratitude.
When these American heroes arrived at the scene, little did they know that they would be entering a war zone with a battlefield of dead and wounded. These first responders didn’t think twice, they went to work - just like they always do. Now the doctors and nurses and hospital workers will work around the clock to saves lives and heal the wounded. Like New York City, Sandy Hook, Boston, Orlando, and others before, the Las Vegas community will rise to the occasion and come together.
Americans from around the country will hold them up in prayer every step of the way. President Trump will do his part and lead by example as comforter-in-chief when he visits Nevada on Wednesday. His respect for the men and women of law enforcement, fire service, EMS, and hospital medical staff is apparent and that makes me very proud of our president. These are the dark times when petty partisan politics and the left’s desperate assault on the 2nd Amendment should take a back seat.
All of us should be reflecting about what is truly important in our lives and in our country instead. When violent events take place, when horrific acts unfold in any town at any moment in our country, I am grateful for our everyday heroes, our first responders and leaders like President Trump and Vice President Pence who take time to honor their service. David N. Bossie is President of Citizens United, a Fox News Contributor and the former Deputy Campaign Manager for Donald Trump for President.
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Early reports that perhaps as many as 20 dead. Shooter dead. Motive not yet known. This is terrible news. Stories are just coming out concerning a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The story is still breaking, so details are sketchy. Reportedly at least 20 — perhaps as many as 50 — are shot, including a 2-year-old child, but no word yet on whether anyone beyond the shooter is dead.
Early reports are always sketchy and must be taken with a grain of salt, but ABC News is currently reporting that 20 are dead, with 30 injured. While the numbers are unconfirmed, it seems reasonable to assume that there are multiple dead among these people gathered for Sunday worship. Sutherland Springs, Texas is about 21 miles East of San Antonio, a very small town with a population of under 1000.
The church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy tells ABC his 14yr-old daughter is among the dead. The shooter is described as “a man in full gear” and we have people on the ground, civilians, making their reports on mobile phones. At this time, nothing else is known. We have no idea if this is a racially-motivated crime, or a case of religion-hate, or if it’s somehow tied to a larger terrorist connection.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent out a fast tweet, “our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.” He promised more details as they come. Let us pray, immediately, for these people, and all victims of the senseless slaughter which seems to define our age. Lord Jesus Christ, son of the Living God, have mercy on us, sinners. In the greatness of your compassion, have pity upon your people, gathered to worship in your name and so greatly and gravely accosted.
Through the people of God let your consolation be made manifest to all who are in shock and grief. Protect the First Responders as they move with speed to protect and preserve the human lives which our heavenly Father did love into being. Steady the hands of medical professionals who work to help bring about your healing. We ask the prayers of all the angels and saints in your midst, and in ours. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, in your holy name, Amen.
Another prayer, from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, DC, to our Baptist friends: