East Tennesseans give support to Las Vegas shooting victims

Police officers and medical personnel stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Many people in East Tennessee sent condolences to the City of Las Vegas and victims after a gunman opened fire during a country music concert.

At least 50 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

Related: At least 50 killed as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett: 

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero: 

Tennessee Highway Patrol:

Gov. Bill Haslam

Kelsea Ballerini: 

Senator Bob Corker

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey:

“My deepest condolences are with the victims and their families who suffered from the horrific event in Las Vegas. No one should fall victim at the hands of a person who wants to cause such harm and tragedy. This active shooter executed a calculated and terrifying plan that resulted in mass casualties.
It is very hard for us to understand why a person would want to cause such tragedy.  We must prepare ourselves for these types of events that are becoming more common. I want to remind our citizens that if you see or hear of something that does not look or feel normal and seems suspicious, report the information to your local law enforcement. Our department offers free active shooter training for groups in hopes of educating people on what to do if you are involved in an active shooter situation. I encourage our citizens to take advantage of the training and prepare for the unfortunate. Again, I extend my prayers to all who experienced this unconceivable event.”

Bishop Stika:

“Please join me in praying for the victims and the families of Sunday night’s horrendous shooting incident in Las Vegas. Like many of you, I have been watching the coverage of this inexplicable tragedy and I share some of the same feelings many of you are experiencing.  Scripture tells us that we can overcome evil with good.  I ask for the respect and prayers of law enforcement officers who, at the risk of their own safety, rushed in to assist victims at the shooting site, and please remember the first responders and hospital employees who came together quickly in an effort to save lives. I pray for the end of the violence and hatred in our nation, and I continue to pray that we follow the truth given to us in Psalms, that we should always trust in Jesus.”

Congressman Phil Roe:

“I am heartbroken by the senseless and horrific shooting in Las Vegas. I am praying for the innocent victims, their families and the city of Las Vegas. I’m grateful to the Las Vegas Police Department, first responders and local authorities who responded quickly – they are true heroes. Clarinda and I echo the sentiments expressed by President Trump this morning and join the nation in praying for the quick recovery of the injured, for unity and for peace.”

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