On Sunday night, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place. At least 58 people have died and at least 500 more injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of around 20,000 people.
People were gathered on the Las Vegas strip for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. During the concert, a 64-year-old gunman began shooting at the crowd from above.
The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was on the 32nd-floor balcony at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, where he had been staying since Thursday night. By the time the SWAT team located him, he had shot and killed himself.
Yesterday, President Trump delivered what some are considering to be the best speech in his presidency. He offered his prayer and sympathy for all of the victims and reminded listeners that light always conquers darkness.
He said, "Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward."
Today, President Trump spoke out again, this time about the Las Vegas shooter. As he was preparing to board his Marine One helicopter to visit Puerto Rico, he talked about the situation with NBC News.
He said, "[Stephen Paddock] is a sick man, a demented man, lot of problems, I guess. We're looking into him very, very seriously."
President Trump said that they are dealing with a "very, very sick individual" and that they are looking to find out motives behind the attack. At this point, police believe that Paddock was a "lone wolf" and that this was a solitary incident.
This attack brought forth many questions about gun laws, and many politicians put their attention on that agenda. When asked if this situation will prompt stricter gun laws, President Trump said that it will be a discussion in the future.
He then said, "Look, we have a tragedy. What happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle. The police department has done such an incredible job."
Please continue praying for all of the victims involved in this terrible tragedy. One of the "miracles" that occurred during the shooting was a former agnostic finding God. Read the amazing story here.