Support has been flowing in from around the nation after the worst shooting in American history took place last night. President Trump issued heartfelt condolences and condemned the attack. Stories of people risking their lives to rescue others have been uplifting as the nation deals with another attack. But what really has American’s smiling is the line of people waiting to give blood.
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Hundreds of people have flooded Las Vegas clinics to donate blood in hopes of helping in any way they can those who were injured during the attack carried out by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. It is estimated that over 500 people were transported to surrounding hospitals after the shooting.
A large crowd at United Blood Services on W Charleston, regional director Erik Hill speaks a about donations. pic.twitter.com/kRFCDjVG23
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As early as 3 a.m., people were lining up around the block waiting to give blood. Las Vegas police have asked if you wish to give blood, steer clear of the hospitals as they’re over capacity right now. Instead, law enforcement asks that those who are wanting to donate go to clinics around the Vegas area.
This outpouring of support followed after Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo pleaded for citizens of the state to give blood in a press conference following the shooting. Some Twitter users have claimed that the wait to give blood exceeds 3 hours.
Nevada’s Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, added his thanks as well, saying, “We’ve never been hit with such a tough situation.”
Law enforcement is still trying to piece together what drove Paddock to commit such a heinous crime. CNN reported that Paddock was a retired accountant who gambled and favored $100-a-hand poker.
His brother Eric claimed in a recent interview that his brother had never shown any sign of violent tendencies. “He was my brother and it’s like an asteroid fell out of the sky,” he added.
The types of weapons used in the attack have not been released, but the New York Times spoke to a weapon expert who claimed, judging from the video sound, that there was at least one automatic weapon being fired.
Eric, who was shocked and dumbfounded, asked: “Where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that.” The FBI has ruled out terrorism and stated Paddock did not have a criminal record.