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New Mexico officials stunned after Las Vegas shooting

KOB.com Web Staff
October 03, 2017 11:08 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Several officials from New Mexico have responded to the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left at least 58 people dead. Here are their statements:

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"Our hearts go out to all those killed and injured as well as their families and loved ones. This was a heinous act on innocent people including at least one fellow New Mexican. We should join together to help our friends and neighbors in Nevada. I’ve discussed it with Governor Sandoval and offered whatever assistance is needed – be it law enforcement or any other help that may be necessary. I am also authorizing time off for any state employee who donates blood to help assist the people of Las Vegas. As we learn more in the coming hours and days, let’s continue to stand ready to help and keep the people of Nevada in our prayers."

-- Gov. Susana Martinez

Concert goers trying to take cover during the Las Vegas mass shooting

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"I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts. These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy. Our country is weary from violence and grief and the American people deserve meaningful action from Congress. It's long past due for a legislative response to keep guns out of the hands of those that would turn them against our communities."

-- Sen. Martin Heinrich

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"Jill and I join the entire nation in mourning the victims of this horrific attack, and we grieve for their families, friends, and loved ones. Across the country, the American people woke up to news of yet another unspeakable act of gun violence – this time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This despicable act is beyond comprehension, and our nation’s outrage and heartbreak are beyond words. 

"Already, the stories are pouring in of heroism and incredible bravery in the face of this evil. Our gratitude is boundless for the first responders, law enforcement and everyday citizens who put their lives on the line to save others. These are the stories that we must remember as we struggle to make sense of this appalling attack. 

"As we grapple with yet another horrifying act of gun violence in America, we must channel our pain into real action to honor the memories of those we have lost. Congress has the power to do something about this epidemic. It’s long past time we did." 

-- Sen. Tom Udall

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"Americans are grieving today, and I pray for everyone who was affected by the tragic loss of life in Las Vegas. I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, police and first-responders, including concert-goers, who selflessly came to the aid of victims.

"Like other recent acts of domestic terrorism, we are once again in shock and unable to explain the senseless loss of life. Nobody wants to politicize a personal tragedy. At the same time, I understand why most Americans are frustrated and upset by the lack of action in Congress to address gun violence. We all have a right to be safe in our communities, and that includes a family-friendly concert in Las Vegas. While we can’t prevent every tragedy, we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to prevent mass shootings."

-- Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

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KOB caught up with Rep. Steve Pearce at the Albuquerque International Sunport on Monday. We asked him about his reaction to the shooting.

"Complete terror. Horror. You just can't imagine that someone would do this. It comes at the backdrop that I was at the ball field when that shooting occurred. You just say that the country is going through a very difficult crisis. Just my heart goes out to the families. It's just horrible.

Will he be taking legislative action in the light of this shooting?

"I think it's way too early. It's a developing crime scene. I think the last thing people want to be doing right now is discussing policy or whatever. Let's try to figure out as much as we can. Let's hug around the victims. Even if you weren't one of the ones shot, I'll tell you there's still a lot of counseling to be done with just everyone, so that's what's I think the focus is at the moment."

What is the mood in DC?

"It was just so upbeat last Thursday. Steve Scalise came back to the floor. They thought he'd be out a year and here he is just a few months and. It was just a triumphant day, democrats [and] Republicans just really coming together. This is going to be more of a somber note then when we come back. That's just as we're all heading to the airport coming out here.

"Our heart goes out to the families and we'll just all suffer together, I think, as Americans."

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"I was deeply saddened to learn that one of the fatalities in the Las Vegas, Nevada shooting was one of our own – an employee at Miyamura High School in Gallup. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and all the families of the victims of this tragic shooting.

While the details are still coming in, I grieve for the innocent victims shot in this horrific and senseless act of violence. This tragedy has touched us all – with lives disrupted and futures cut short."

-- Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

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"We are heartbroken for those who lost their lives and were injured due to the horrific violence in Nevada."

-- Attorney General Hector Balderas

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"My heart breaks for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, their families and loved ones. As a country, we are long past the right time to address this national epidemic of domestic terrorism and senseless gun violence, and to consider real solutions to prevent future tragedies."

-- Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

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"We’re getting closer to shining a light on how much is owed to the state. We’ve received an initial draft from the independent auditor we selected for the special audit. Until the report is complete, it’s premature to make conclusions about the specific numbers. We expect the review to be complete later this month and will release it to the public."

-- State Auditor Tim Keller

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"Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the victims and their families who lost their lives and were injured due to the tragic events in Las Vegas, Nevada"

-- U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria

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"The violence in Las Vegas is heartbreaking. We are praying for all the victims and their loved ones. We grieve alongside them in the wake of this senseless and horrifying attack. Our gratitude lies with the first responders, police force, and public officials who are working diligently to provide safety and comfort to the victims in Las Vegas, Nevada"

-- Ryan Cangiolosi, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. 
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"This tragic loss of life reminds us all that life is precious, and we must value our time with our loved ones. Our hearts are with the Nevada community and we mourn for the victims' families of this mass shooting. We are especially grateful for the first responders and law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm's way to save the lives of our fellow Americans.

"During times of tragedy, Americans do what we do best: we come together, we help our neighbors, and we show that we treasure our similarities more than our differences. But we must also protect our communities from future events like this, and we call on our leaders to find solutions to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again."

-- Democratic Party of New Mexico

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