COVINGTON, Ga. - Officials who represent Newton County in Washington weighed in Monday on the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.
Nearly 60 people had died as of Monday afternoon in a terror attack late Sunday night at a country-music festival. Local officials said 58 people were dead and more than 500 people injured in the attack near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The suspected assailant, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, died of what is believed to be self-inflicted gunshots.
In an address from the White House, President Donald Trump called the attack "an act of pure evil." He ordered flags to half-staff.
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., issued this statement through his office late Monday:
“Dee Dee and I are deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victims, their families, and all those impacted by this senseless act of evil. As we grieve, may God provide comfort and relief to all those suffering. The heroic actions taken by the Las Vegas Metropolitan first responders, law enforcement, medical personnel, and off-duty officers saved so many lives, and I’m thankful for their continued service. In the face of this cowardly act, Americans everywhere must stand united as one. Tragedy reveals the worst and the best of humankind, and I’m grateful for all of the everyday heroes who helped others and showed us the goodness and light in the world.”
Newton County's officials in Washington said they were thinking of and praying for the victims.
Praying for families of the victims of this horrific shooting and for first responders and doctors working to save others. #LasVegas— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) October 2, 2017
Praying for the victims of the horrific shooting in #LasVegas and for the first responders and doctors working to save others.— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) October 2, 2017
My heart goes out to the people of #LasVegas. America stands with you.— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) October 2, 2017
Locally, people also took to Twitter with reaction mixed from shock to thankfulness about friends and family being safe.
people making jokes on twitter about Vegas rn are so lame. Imagine your family and friends in that situation— shaun (@dopeshaun) October 2, 2017
Pray for Vegas 🙏🏾— Breeze (@Bril_Pacheco) October 2, 2017