'Appalling massacre of music lovers of different generations' - Irish politicians react to Las Vegas massacre
A massacre that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others has been "shocked people all over the world", president Michael D Higgins has said.
Gunman Stephen Craig Paddock (64), of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire from a hotel balcony at revellers who were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
President Higgins has led Irish tributes following the deadliest mass-shooting in US history.
He said: “The appalling massacre of music lovers of different generations, at a public event in Las Vegas will have shocked people all over the world.
“On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my deepest sympathies to all those bereaved and affected by this brutal tragedy.
“Our thoughts in Ireland, and of the Irish in the United States, are with the people of Nevada and the United States at this tragic time.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also extended “condolences and sympathies” to the people affected by the Las Vegas shooting.
He said: “I think everyone is horrified by the attacks.”
“As things stand we are not aware of any Irish casualties or injuries. But obviously the Irish consulate in Las Vegas and also in San Francisco is keeping in touch and is available to assist if needed.”
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney condemned the attack and said he doesn't believe that any Irish citizens were injured.
He said: "This was a savage and brutal attack targeting innocent festival-goers.
“I wish to express my heartfelt condolences and those of the Irish people to the families of the victims, those who were injured and to the people and the authorities of the United States on this tragic day.
“As of now, we have no indications to suggest that any Irish citizens have been affected. I am conscious, however, that it will take time before all of the casualties are identified.
"My Department, through our Consulate General in San Francisco and the Honorary Consulate in Las Vegas, is continuing to monitor the situation."
Paddock was found dead in a room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Strip with as many as 10 firearms.
SWAT officers who stormed the gunman's room found that he had killed himself.
An FBI spokesman has confirmed that there is nothing to link the attack to any international terrorist organisation.