Vegas Shooting

Jamie Park, Staff Writer

   On October 1, over 500 people were injured and 59 found dead due to a rapid fire on a country music festival at the Vegas Strip. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was found dead inside a luxury suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

  The shooting started approximately around 10:08 p.m. and ended at 10:19 p.m. Soon after, the SWAT team, police officers, and security guards gathered in front of Paddock’s door and were greeted with rapid gunfire. One officer was shot in the leg, and the SWAT team swarmed in to find Paddock dead with a revolver next to him.

  The room where Paddock was staying contained 47 firearms with bump stocks, an accessory that can be added to a gun so that it can shoot rounds of bullet with one pull of the trigger.

  The FBI has started investigating Paddock’s motives. Friends and family described Paddock as someone who would have never been seen with a gun.

  President Donald Trump reacted to this event with grief but hope. Although many people died, Trump insisted that things could’ve gotten a lot worse if it hadn’t been for the police. He said, “The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life.”

  The shooting in Las Vegas not only affected those who live around the area but people across the U.S. as well. Annika Fontanilla (11) said, “I was very scared because I have family that live in Vegas … My grandfather was celebrating his birthday, and they left right before the shooting.”

   Walter Norwood (10) had an aunt and little cousin who were at the music festival. He said, “My heart just sank when [my uncle] said my aunt and cousin got shot … It was heartbreaking to hear my little cousin in pain crying.”

  There has been much talk about gun control after the massacre. President Trump has remained silent on the issue and plans to visit Las Vegas on October 4.