President Trump labeled the Sunday night shooting an "act of pure evil" and declared the nation would unite behind the survivors
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, to the South Lawn for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster), photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster
03 of October 2017 14:14:28
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the gunman who killed 59 people and wounded hundreds others at a music festival in Las Vegas a "very, very sick individual."Trump spoke to reporters as he departed for a trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. He called the gunman "demented" and said "we're looking into him very seriously."Trump also praised Las Vegas police, saying they had done an "incredible job."Asked about gun laws, the president said "we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by."Trump has labeled the Sunday night shooting at an outdoor music festival an "act of pure evil" and declared the nation would unite behind the survivors.His remarks from the White House on Monday were the prelude to a two-part test of whether Trump, a leader who excels at political provocation, can also deliver solace. Besides the Puerto Rico trip, Trump will travel to Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with families of the dead."Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence," the president said. "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 spoke hours after a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Vegas Strip casino opened fire on people at an outdoor country music festival below. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, killed himself in the hotel room before authorities arrived. It's not clear what motivated the shooting, although his actions suggest that he had planned the attacks for at least a period of days.In a measured statement that was revised by aides until moments before he spoke, Trump praised the first responders who he said prevented further loss of life. He said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. He offered condolences to the families of those killed, saying: "We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss."Trump, who owns a hotel in Las Vegas, told associates that he feels deep ties to the city. He said in public that his visit would be "a very, very sad moment for me ... for everybody no matter where you are, no matter what your thought process."
The President has issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas: https://t.co/cEUcDnIiZs— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 2 de octubre de 2017
JONATHAN LEMIRECATHERINE LUCEY