Las Vegas Hotels, Airlines Help Loved Ones of Shooting Victims

Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. // Photo by AP Photo/John Locher via Newscred

As Las Vegas continues to cope with the aftermath of Sundays deadly mass shooting, area hotels and organizations are working to assist those impacted.

According to the latest update from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), those who lost loved ones in the attack can call a toll free number at 877-VISITLV (877-847-4858) for assistance in making reservations. Room assistance is also being offered by several Las Vegas hotels:

The Ronald McDonald House is also accepting donations and has room to host family members. Allegiant Air is also offering air travel assistance for family members trying to reach loved ones; contact [email protected].

In terms of donations, the LVCVA reports that it is not in need of any more at this time, and is advising those interested to contact the Red Cross to donate or volunteer.

The thoughts and prayers of all of Las Vegas go out to the victims and their families, Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the LVCVA, said in a written statement. This was a horrific, yet isolated, incident. At this time, it is important to allow the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police to conclude their investigation into the incident and to attend to the needs of the victims and their families. Las Vegas is a strong community that will work through this tragic incident. We are grateful beyond words to our incomparable law enforcement, first responders and everyone who continues to help victims and their families.

In its latest update, Clark County also reports that there have been enough blood and supplies donated to meet immediate needs. It also reiterated that there are no other known threats, and that there was only one shooter.

The Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, the hotel from which the shooter allegedly opened fire, reports that it is working with law enforcement in every way possible.

We have made counselors available, created a dedicated hotline to ensure out of town families of victims can arrange airfare and hotel accommodations to get to their loved ones, assisted guests whose travel has been disrupted, identified local transportation for guests who wish to donate blood or visit the injured, to just a few of the things we are presently engaged in, MGM Resorts Chairman of the Board and CEO Jim Murren said in a written statement. These efforts and more are being organized aggressively and are ongoing as we continue to get information and identify need.

On behalf of the entire Route 91 Harvest Family, we are completely devastated by the event that occurred Sunday night, the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the outdoor country music concert series targeted by the shooter, said. Our deepest sympathies go out to the injured and the deceased and their loved 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 were lost.

Because it matters.

Elsewhere in the country, major landmarks are darkening to honor those affected by the attack. The Empire State Building last night lit up with an orange halo effect, shining a light on gun violence, according to the skyscrapers official Twitter account.

Sundays shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival killed at least 59 people and wounded 525 more when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, during a performance by country music artist Jason Aldean. The suspect was found dead in his room by police, who believe that he killed himself as the police closed in.

According to CBS News, the gunman has no connection with an international terrorist group, and his motivations are still under investigation.

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