Civic and faith leaders gathered before a bank of television cameras Monday night for a prayer vigil outside Las Vegas City Hall, the speakers standing on a podium with a banner that read #VegasStrong.
In many ways, the gathering was as much a statement about Las Vegas the city as it was a chance to pray over those killed in Sunday night's mass shooting at a country music festival on the Strip. In a place known as a tourist destination, community exists, they said.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the music festival drew people from around the world "to enjoy our great weather and all the amenities that make Las Vegas so special."
Accuracy matters in the moments after a tragedy. Facts can help catch the suspects, save lives and prevent a panic.
But in the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, the world’s two biggest gateways for information, Google and Facebook, did nothing to quell criticism that they amplify fake news when they steered readers toward hoaxes and misinformation gathering momentum on fringe sites.
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, had an arsenal of 17 weapons in his hotel room, mostly military-style rifles, according to a law enforcement source.
At least one of them had been modified with a legal “bump stock” style device that allows the shooter to rapidly fire off rounds without actually converting it to a fully automatic weapon, the source said.
The devices modify the gun’s stock so that the recoil helps accelerate how quickly the shooter can pull the trigger. The devices are legal in the U.S.