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Bahamas Stands in Solidarity with Las Vegas Victims

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is standing in solidarity with the United States following a horrendous mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday evening.


Expressing solidarity to the U.S. through a diplomatic note sent to the government of the United States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured the U.S. that The Bahamas and Bahamians across the 700 islands and seas would offer up prayers for those who were fatally wounded and injured in the attack.

Through a press release issued yesterday, a spokesperson for the ministry expressed sadness to the unfortunate death of at least 58 people and 515 injured concert goers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are always saddened by such inexplicable violence and we commiserate with our friends and neighbours in the United States over this tragedy,” the spokesperson said.

The ministry also confirmed that there were no reports of Bahamians affected by the incident.

The shooting occurred while concert goers were enjoying the final shows of the three-day Route 91 country music festival, when gunshots rang off from a nearby hotel.

Those in attendance scrambled for cover, flattening themselves against the ground, others rushed for the exits or helped others to escape.

U.S. police have named a 64-year-old resident of Nevada, identified as Stephen Paddock, as the suspect.

Reports from the U.S. indicated that he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel where he occupied a room on the 32nd floor.

Paddock killed himself as police stormed the room where 10 guns were found.

The open-air music festival was attended by 22,000 people.


Written by Jones Bahamas

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