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Where to donate blood to victims following mass shooting in Las Vegas

On Sunday night, a gunman opened fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring over 500 in what is now the modern U.S.’s deadliest mass shooting.

The shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, fired rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. SWAT teams responding to the shooting used explosives to force entry into Paddock’s hotel room. The shooter was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot. According to Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, “numerous firearms” were also found in the room.

Those wishing to help the victims of Sunday’s shooting can do so in a variety of ways.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has asked anyone in the Las Vegas area that can donate blood to visit a center near them.

“Anyone wishing to help is asked to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting. United Blood Services will start taking donations at 7 a.m. at two locations: 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas or 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson. UMC will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services. It will be held at UMC’s Delta Point Building located at 901 N. Rancho Lane. There will be updates as to the exact time of the blood drive as more information is available.”

Anyone who wants to help who can’t donate blood can donate money to the to the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross. You can make donations online, by phone at 702-369-3674, or by mail at 1771 E. Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up for donations.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department said that anyone still searching for a missing loved one is asked to call 866-535-5654.

Facebook has also enabled it’s safety check feature for the city of Las Vegas. Those in the area can mark themselves safe or request help.

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