'I have a purpose,' Pulse shooting survivor says at Penn State Berks

Cesar Mills
October 6, 2017

Under a US flag at half-staff to honor the victims, people who escaped with their lives from the Pulse shooting gathered to pledge support for families in Las Vegas.

On Sunday, Las Vegas gained the notorious title when a gunman shot from his 32nd-floor window at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a group of about 22,000 people enjoying a music festival. (AFP) The sole suspect in the shooting, the 64-year-old Paddock killed himself in his hotel room as a police SWAT team was about to break in.

"It's important journalists do more than recognize this as a mass shooting, but also the overwhelming impact on the Latino community not just in Orlando, but the country", said NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina in June 2016.

The issue of gun control was front and center in Philadelphia Tuesday night during a vigil for the victims killed in Las Vegas.

The tourism industry is the biggest employer in Las Vegas, where some 300,000 people work in the leisure and hospitality sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The owner of Pulse says it's "unimaginable" a mass shooting of greater scope has taken place in Las Vegas.

"We are thinking of all those affected by the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas", Mina said. More than a year later, he still uses a cane to walk because he's in pain - the bullets left him with nerve damage in his back that causes his legs to occasionally go numb. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3FM.

Reps. Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton, both of MA, sat out the moment of silence, with Clark calling the event "a grisly House ritual".

Ibrahim said he has exchanged a few text messages with Las Vegas trauma surgeons and right now they are just asking for prayers for their patients.

Speaking to NBC News, Pulse survivor Patience Carter said: "My first reaction was to cry".

The Orlando Police Department, widely praised for their actions during the Pulse shooting, stood in solidarity with their counterparts in Vegas. For he's learned this: "There will always be hate in this world, but love will always be there to greet you", he said."It's crucial to be able to speak to people who understand what it's like to hold that fear, to think that you're going to die", Colon said Wednesday before speaking to a crowd of students, faculty and visitors at Penn State Berks.

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