President Trump is hoping to unite his fellow Americans in response to the tragic Las Vegas shooting. Now, he is reaching out to support the heroic first responders.
President Trump has announced that the Federal government will award $1 million to the State of Nevada to help offset the cost of overtime and other expenses related to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) investigation into the Las Vegas shooting. “Happy to announce we are awarding $1M to Las Vegas – in order to help local law enforcement working OT to respond to last Sunday’s tragedy,” the president said on Twitter.
On Sunday, October 1, 2017, what is presumed to be a lone gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, killing 58 and wounding over 500 more.
Steven Paddock, the 64-year-old shooter, meticulously planned his massacre and deliberately targeted the annual Route 91 Harvest Festival, a country music concert that draws in up to 22,000 guests. Paddock fired on the crowd for approximately 10 minutes before abruptly stopping around the time police arrived on the 32nd floor.
Neither the Las Vegas Police nor the FBI has uncovered a motive for the most deadly mass shooting in American history.
In a written statement, the Department of Justice said the $1 million grant will be drawn from an emergency response fund provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Justice Department said the grant is intended to “assist with the immediate costs of responding to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.”
“The grant funds announced today recognize the hard work and dedication of law enforcement officers across Las Vegas and the State of Nevada, who worked tirelessly in the wake of the tragic shooting last week,” the statement explained. “The Justice Department is continuing to work with Las Vegas officials to address law enforcement and public safety costs related to this tragedy.”
Trump previously praised Las Vegas first responders in the immediate aftermath of the attack, which he described as “an act of pure evil,” according to Business Insider.
“I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many,” Trump said. “The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.”
Las Vegas Police identified the exact room Steven Paddock was firing from at 10:12 PM, only seven minutes after he opened fire. At the time, police were present on the 31st floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in the suite directly below Paddock, according to CBC News.
“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us — our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity,” Trump said.
The measure of federal aid further conveys President Trump’s dedication to law enforcement, and his sincere wishes to bring the country together for a stronger and greater America.