Offers of condolences flowed as Americans woke up Oct. 2 to the news of a rising death toll in Las Vegas — the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona called Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas a “grave tragedy” for the country.
Giffords herself is a victim of gun violence, shot in the head in January 2011 by a lone gunman who killed six people and wounded 18 others in an attack on a meet-and-greet for the congresswoman in a supermarket parking lot. She has since become an advocate for anti-gun violence causes but stopped short of taking the debate in that direction Monday morning, as did others, including the president.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R ) called the shooting “tragic & heinous” but did not veer into politics.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured in the attack by a lone gunman, with what appeared to be a fully automatic weapon at an outdoor country-music concert on the Vegas strip, police said.