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Local law enforcement, officials, and community leaders have been expressing their condolences to those affected by the mass shooting that unfolded overnight in Las Vegas.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of both the Las Vegas mass shooting and the homicides here at home, but thoughts and prayers are not enough. In our country, it’s easier to get an illegal gun then to get proper disaster recovery. 

That is why we are working so hard to get illegal guns off our streets. That is the reason why we worked hard to bring the first gun court part in the state to our community. 

While we will continue to work to end gun violence in our community, it is incumbent upon Congress to enact true gun reform. We need for them to take these matters seriously and act now. 

Each of these victims was a mother, a father, a son, a daughter. They had people they loved, and people who loved them. My heart goes out to everyone impacted by these terrible tragedies.

Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli:

On behalf of the Rochester Police Department, I would like to express
our support and condolences to the City of Las Vegas, Nevada and
especially to the families and loved ones that were impacted by the
horrific event last night.

We have received several inquiries from the media in regarding the
local impact of this event, and precautionary measures in which we may
be involved.

While we cannot disclose specifics of any preventive measures or
responses to such an occurrence for obvious security reasons, I can say
that we continuously work in close collaboration with our federal, state,
and local partners to immediately share, assess, and respond to any
possible threat information we receive.

As always, we urge anyone who observes suspicious persons or activities
to immediately call 911.

New York State Police:

The State Police consistently and continually train to provide the best in public protection during large gatherings. We do not publicly reveal the strategies and tactics employed in providing protection. However, we are in constant contact with our federal and local law enforcement partners, and we will review intelligence and other information as it develops and make an assessment as to whether any operational adjustments are necessary.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and those who
were wounded in the senseless mass shooting that occurred during a concert
in Las Vegas overnight.

We salute the brave first responders for their quick and extraordinary work in taking down the gunman. I am confident that any and all individuals who were responsible or had knowledge of this horrific incident will be swiftly brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law.

To maliciously target innocent people in this manner is pure evil.
There is no place for it in America or anywhere else.

Assemblyman Peter Lawrence: 

My prayers go out to the victims and their families in the wake of the tragedy that has occurred in Las Vegas. As a former law enforcement officer, I am proud of the first responders  and the brave citizens who rushed to help the injured. I condemn in the strongest way the perpetrator of this horrific and cowardly act. This is a national tragedy that serves as a reminder that we must all be vigilant and look out for one another. Our hearts are heavy today, but we, as Americans, will not let evil prevail.

The American Red Cross:

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by this tragedy in Las Vegas. After the shooting, the American Red Cross provided additional blood products to local hospitals to help those injured. We have more blood products en route to the Las Vegas area and stand ready to provide blood and blood products as needed in response to this tragedy.

The Red Cross is grateful for all donors who generously give blood and platelets throughout the country. Last night’s tragedy illustrates that it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency.
We know that many people want to help. Eligible individuals can make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives.

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