Hundreds of Las Vegas locals have lined up to provide blood donations to the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. After a lone gunman reportedly killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 500 others, Las Vegas law enforcement has urged as many people as possible to donate their blood to help victims.
On Oct. 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Nevada opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people attending a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip. Paddock reportedly fired into the audience nonstop from the window of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The gunman reportedly killed himself before law enforcement entered his room.
"We were all dancing, we were having a good time, and all of a sudden I heard all of these shots," concert attendee Candace LaRosa told the Las Vegas Sun. "It was just mass, mass blood everywhere."
Authorities currently estimate Paddock killed 58 people and injured 515 others. At least 406 people were swiftly transported to local Las Vegas hospitals following the attack.
On Oct. 2, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo urged people to donate blood in the wake of the mass shooting.
"If you have the ability to donate blood to help the cause, please do so," Lombardo said during a press conference, according to Fox News.
"If our people want to do something and they are healthy, then please donate blood," said Independent Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas. "We will have plenty of banks available, always call a hospital where you go."
Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval stressed, "We need blood."
By the early hours of Oct. 2, blood donation clinics were at full capacity as hundreds of Las Vegas residents swarmed to offer their blood. People on the scene shared photos and video of the lines for blood donation on social media, Esquire reports.
"This is Vegas!!!!" tweeted one social media user. "Line wrapped around United Blood Services, waiting to donate blood this morning."
"Vegas is an amazing opportunity," another social media user tweeted. "Our city is coming together."
Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada praised local hospital staff for their emergency efforts to save the injured victims of Paddock's rampage.
"Literally, every single bed was being used, every single hallway was being used," Kihuen told The Associated Press. "Every single person there was trying to save a life."
The Las Vegas mass shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The fatality rate eclipsed a June 2016 mass shooting committed in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed.