Gabby Giffords leads outcry of horror and sorrow following Las Vegas shooting

Police stand at the scene of a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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.

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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.


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