Las Vegas shooting leaves hundreds devastated

Shirleeah P., News and Entertainment Editor

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Imagine this- you and a friend are standing in line for the music festival you have been waiting and saving for all year. You finally get past the guards and make your way to the front. As the concert starts, you jump up and down with excitement. Suddenly, you hear what sounds like fireworks go off, but you do not see any. Choosing to ignore it, you continue to enjoy the concert. You hear the sound again, but this time the people around you are either screaming or dropping to the ground.

On October 1 at 10:08 p.m. in Las Vegas, just that exactly happened; the Route 91 Harvest Festival was stopped due to open fire into the crowd.

As country singer Jason Aldean performed during his portion of the concert, 64-year old Stephan Paddock, opened fire into a crowd of about 22,000 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Leaving 58 dead and over 500 injured, this has become the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,” said Aldean via Instagram.

Heather Melton, one of the survivors of the attack, spoke out about her experience.

Melton and her husband, Sonny, went to the music festival to celebrate their one year wedding anniversary. While running away from the gun fire, Sonny was shot in the back while shielding this wife.

He saved my life. He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” said Melton on USA Today.

Many survivors have also posed their stories on social media; some writing about lost loved ones, acts from random strangers and how they had reached safety.

The Clark County Coronor released the names of all 58 victums; to view that list, you can go to:

To help the victims of the shooting, you can donate to the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada. This organization will help pay for the mental and physical health assistance any victim without insurance may need. For more information on how to donate, visit their website:

Shirleeah P., Editor in Chief, News, Entertainment and Political Editor

As a senior member of the Panorama, Shirleeah P. has developed a love for writing and photography. After taking Journalism I her freshman year, she was...

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Las Vegas shooting leaves hundreds devastated