October 02, 2017 05:07 PM
A bell tolled three times as a solemn President Donald Trump paused on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Flanked by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, Trump walked out onto the lawn for the memorial moment Monday afternoon. The White House's flag stood at half-staff overhead.
They were honoring the 59 people killed night when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas. Police say Stephen Craig Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he fired into Route 91 Harvest festival.
More than 500 people were wounded.
Trump is extending condolences to the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas and their families.
In a tweet Monday, Trump offered "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was "briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas."
Sanders said that "we are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers."
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Monday morning, which read, in part:
The Department is closely monitoring the situation and working with our federal, state and local partners in responding to and investigating this tragedy.
At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country. However, increased security in and around public places and events may be experienced as officials take additional precautions.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this incident as we work to support the Las Vegas community.
The Associated Press
Updated: October 02, 2017 05:07 PM
Created: October 02, 2017 06:47 AM
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