Monday, October 09, 2017

LAS VEGAS - The Massacre

"An outpouring of sorrow and help after Las Vegas shooting massacre" PBS NewsHour 10/2/2017


SUMMARY:  The rapid fire of gunshots interrupted an evening of country music at an outdoor festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, where 22,000 people were gathered.  A gunman took aim at the crowd from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, killing at least 59.  William Brangham reports, then Hari Sreenivasan gets an update from Heidi Swank, a Nevada state assemblywoman, and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen.

"How do you protect soft targets like a concert?" PBS NewsHour 10/2/2017


SUMMARY:  Can anything be done to predict or prevent mass shootings?  How do you protect people in hard-to-secure public spaces?  Hari Sreenivasan talks to security expert Russ Simons of Venue Solutions Group and Jeffrey Swanson of the Duke University School of Medicine.

"The lives of Las Vegas shooting victims, in the words of their loved ones" PBS NewsHour 10/3/2017


SUMMARY:  Mothers, fathers, teachers and veterans were among the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.  We remember 12 of the 59 people who died in Sunday’s shooting, and share how they are being remembered by their loved ones.

"The legal gun device that likely sped up the carnage in Las Vegas" PBS NewsHour 10/3/2017


SUMMARY:  How was the Las Vegas killer able to shoot so many rounds so quickly?  Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old retired accountant who went on a shooting rampage, had stockpiled in his hotel room at least 23 firearms, as well as two bump stocks, which are used to modify weapons and make them fully automatic.  William Brangham explains how these modifications work and how they get around the law.

"Stories of heroism and sacrifice emerge as investigators pore over Las Vegas evidence" PBS NewsHour 10/4/2017


SUMMARY:  Marilou Danley, girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman, was questioned by the FBI on Wednesday after flying back from the Philippines where she had been during the attack.  Meanwhile, President Trump and the first lady met with survivors, doctors, police and emergency crews.  Investigators also learned more about how the gunman acquired his arsenal.  Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.

"How the Las Vegas shooting victims are being remembered" PBS NewsHour 10/4/2017


SUMMARY:  As more stories of heroism emerge from the Las Vegas attack, so do clearer pictures of the victims' lives.  We continue our tribute to the 59 people who were murdered with words from their loved ones.

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