Route 91 Harvest Festival releases statement on mass shooting

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LAS VEGAS — The Route 91 Harvest Festival released a statement early Tuesday on the mass shooting that killed 59 people and injured 527 others in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The statement reads:

“On behalf of the entire Route 91 Harvest Family, we are completely devastated by the event that occurred Sunday night.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the injured and the deceased and their loves ones, senseless violence has claimed the souls of our fans and we have little in the way of answers.

Our eternal gratitude goes out to the LVPD, Emergency services, security guards, and fans for their selfless acts of bravery while trying to help those in need.

While we will try and move forward, we will never forget this day.

We will NOT let hate win over LOVE.

We will NOT be defeated by senseless violence.

We WILL persevere and honor the souls that we lost.

Because it matters.”

Police say the shooter, Stephen Paddock, fired shots from suite 135 on the 32nd floor at the Mandalay Resort and Casino. They believe he killed himself before they entered his room.

Authorities recovered 23 weapons, including a handgun, and multiple rifles — some had scopes on them. Also found was several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, in his car.

Police are still searching for a motive.