Two Canadians, a mother of four and a man just days away from his 24th birthday, were among dozens of people killed in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire from a 32nd- floor hotel room on a large crowd gathered across the road at an outdoor country music festival Sunday night.
Four Canadians have been killed in total, including a woman from Jasper and Okotoks.
Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alta., and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C., were among the 59 people who died in the horrific attack that also left more than 500 others injured, including at least six Canadians.
Reg and Elaine Wilke of Regina, Sask. were back stage at the US 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas moments before the gunshot rang out.
The couple had posted a photo from the backstage area not knowing seconds later shots would be fired.
Reg is an announcer at Radio station CJTR in Regina. There were also several residents from Weyburn, Sask. in Las Vegas.
According to Discover Weyburn.com, Todd Lawrence was at the concert with his wife Elan, along with Weyburn’s Jerry and Theresa LaFoy, Darren Larson and Kerri Robins.
After the shooting ended, the group was taken to a secure area, and after a few hours, to their hotel room.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe page has been set up for a Saskatchewan victim injured during the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night.
Ryan Sarrazin from Shellbrook was seriously injured by gunfire.
Canadians who were in Las Vegas during Sunday’s deadly mass shooting are returning home, bringing with them stories of chaos and terror.
Toronto resident Ryan Bedrosian was in Nevada attending a country music festival with his sister and said they were passing through the festival’s main gates when the shooting began
Global Affairs Canada says it has sent a team of consular officials to Las Vegas to help those affected by the mass shooting there.
One trauma surgeon in Las Vegas says “we were just trying to keep people from dying.”
Doctor Jay Coates says he can’t even remember who he operated on, as the victims were coming in so fast after Sunday’s mass shooting.
Authorities say the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed himself as police stormed his hotel room.
President Donald Trump condemned the mass shooting in Las Vegas as an “act of pure evil” and declared the nation would unite behind the survivors, but he refused to get into a new debate over gun control.
Trump spoke slowly and carefully Monday morning from the White House Diplomatic Room, focusing not on the identity or possible motive of the gunman but on the nation’s efforts to heal.