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Spokane flags ordered flown at half-staff after Las Vegas shooting, lawmakers offer condolences

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

A group of women wait for their ride outside the Thomas & Mack center, which served as a refuge, following a mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Yamina Chavez / AP)
A group of women wait for their ride outside the Thomas & Mack center, which served as a refuge, following a mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Yamina Chavez / AP)

Mayor David Condon ordered flags at Spokane facilities to be flown at half-staff Monday following a shooting in Las Vegas that killed dozens of people attending an outdoor music concert.

“Spokane sends its deepest sympathies and condolences to all those touched by the devastating tragedy in Las Vegas,” Condon said in a statement. “Today is a difficult day for hundreds of families and for our nation as we try to make sense out of the unspeakable violence unleashed on people enjoying an evening of music. We join the country in mourning those who have lost their lives and supporting the friends, families and loved ones of those who were killed or injured in this senseless attack.”

American and Washington state flags at city facilities will be flown at half-staff until sundown on Friday.

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Federal lawmakers took to social media Monday morning, as investigators in Las Vegas continued their probe into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, to offer their condolences for the families of victims. Authorities say at least 58 people were killed in the attack, and more than 500 were injured.

“Shocked & saddened by #LasVegas shooting,” wrote Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, on Twitter. “My prayers go out to the victims, their families, & loved ones in the wake of this unspeakable act.”

“Deeply saddened by news in Las Vegas,” tweeted Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. “My heart is with the victims, their families, first responders, & everyone impacted by this horrific violence.”

“News from Las Vegas this morning is horrifying,” wrote Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, also on Twitter. “My heart breaks for the victims, their families & all impacted by this senseless violence.”

“We thank our police officers and first responders for the service, bravery & dedication,” Cantwell added in a second tweet.

“Becca & I are praying for the victims in #LasVegas & their families,” wrote Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle. “Vegas is a strong, resilient community that will overcome any tragedy.”

Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo issued a statement Monday morning, calling the attack “a heinous crime.”

“As our nation mourns and remembers the lives lost in Las Vegas, we gather in solidarity to uplift those left to heal and those left to grieve. I commend the selfless actions of first responders and everyday citizens who rushed to save, protect and care for their fellow man,” Crapo said in the statement.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered flags at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday.

“Law enforcement responded with incredible courage, and responders immediately began treating the hundreds of victims,” Inslee said in a series of tweets. “There are already heroic stories emerging of strangers protecting those near them during the shooting. We can draw inspiration from those stories as we heal together in the days and weeks to come.”


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