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Maple Ridge man killed in mass shooting in Las Vegas

By Chandler Walter, Jenni Sheppard Oct 02, 2017 12:37 pm

A man from BC and an Albertan were among those killed in the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night, it has been confirmed.

At least 58 people are believed dead and more than 400 injured after a lone gunman apparently opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert goers.

The suspect, named by local police as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, allegedly fired from his hotel room on the 32nd floor, targeting the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest festival.

Authorities say Paddock then shot himself. The shooting is not being treated as a terrorist attack, and is still under investigation.

On Monday, BC Premier John Horgan confirmed a young Maple Ridge man was among those killed in Las Vegas.

According to a statement issued by the province, Jordan McIldoon was 23 years old.

Horgan said the flags at the legislature and at provincial government Buildings in Maple Ridge will be dropped to half-mast to honour McIldoon.

“To Jordan’s family, and the family and friends of all those who have lost their lives, we offer our condolences and support,” said Horgan.

Meanwhile, Albertan Premier Rachel Notley has offered her condolences to the family of the unidentified Albertan who was killed during the mass shooting.

In a statement, she said the people of Alberta stand with everyone traumatized by the attack in “renewed vigilance.”

“Albertans are shocked, outraged and unspeakably saddened by the horrifying attack,” she said.

“The people of Alberta join the world in hoping for the rapid and complete recovery of everyone who was wounded and traumatized.”

Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens known to be in the area can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to [email protected].

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Jenni Sheppard
Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler. Have a story to tell? Email [email protected]
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Chandler Walter
Staff Writer with Daily Hive. Subpar photographer, even worse at Twitter. Email your story to [email protected]

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