Las Vegas, Nev., Oct 2, 2017 / 08:59 am America/Denver (CNA).
On Monday, the Bishop of Las Vegas, Joseph A. Pepe, voiced grief over a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, which has been called the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
“Our hearts go out to everyone. We are praying for those who have been injured, those who have lost their lives, for the medical personnel and first responders who, with bravery and self- sacrifice have helped so many,” Pepe said in a statement emailed to CNA on Oct. 2.
“We are also very heartened by the stories of all who helped each other in this time of crisis. As the Gospel reminds us, we are called to be modern day Good Samaritans. We continue to pray for all in Las Vegas and around the world whose lives are shattered by the events of daily violence,” the bishop added.
Pepe’s statements follow an Oct. 1 shooting during a concert at the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. While details are still emerging, at least 58 people have died, and the Las Vegas Police Department reports that around 500 people have been hospitalized due to the shooting.
The sold-out concert was on the Las Vegas Strip, and thousands came to see acts including as Eric Church, Sam Hunt, and Jason Aldean.