In the aftermath of the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, people nationwide are coming out and showing their support in a show of solidarity for the victims and their families. People in Nevada have been lining up to donate blood, celebrities, politicians, and activists have been calling for proper gun control policy on social media, late-night TV hosts have been giving empowered speeches, and many more people have been sending aid in whatever way they can in the hopes of providing some relief to those affected. Taylor Swift's response to the Las Vegas shooting came in the form of a tweet and an act of kindness.
The singer tweeted Monday, Oct. 2, "There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families." In addition to sending her condolences on Twitter, Swift reportedly sent bouquets of flowers to a Las Vegas police station.
The flowers were sent to the LAPD Foothill Community Police Station Pacoima, CA, according to the Instagram user who posted the photo of the flowers. One of their officers was reportedly injured in the shooting on Sunday night.
User @kimberleeb88 said in her post,
Talk about a class act! @taylorswift sent multiple bouquets of flowers and plants to our station, as one of our officers was shot in Las Vegas last night. This is one of the smaller arrangements. Beautiful flowers can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Much respect.🌻💐🌹🌸🌺🌷
The LAPD Foothill Instagram account posted more pictures of the flowers Swift sent. The caption reads, "These came in for you Deb from Taylor Swift. We all here at Foothill wish you a speedy recovery."
At least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured when a lone gunman started shooting into the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10:08 p.m. Jason Aldean was performing on stage when the shots began, but he and his crew all made it out safely. The shooter was reportedly located in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The music festival was being held just opposite of the building. According to reports, the shooter died on the scene.
In a heartwarming and powerful show of support, hundreds of Las Vegas residents took to donation centers to donate blood to help aid nearby hospitals that were in desperate need of it. Pictures of long, stretching lines of people waiting to donate blood starting circulating on Twitter, and the pictures are moving.
Lady Gaga also had a beautiful response to the shooting. At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, she held a 20-minute meditation/moment of silence on her Instagram Live and urged anyone and everyone to join in. She said in an Instagram post announcing her plan,
4 anyone who'd like to join, I'm doing a 20 minute moment of meditation/silence/prayer on my InstagramLive for calming of the 🌎 @ 3:30 PST. My intention is to provide a forum for us all connect to around the world, as a calling for world peace and inner peace. We are one body, I believe we can calm inflammation in the earth by calming each other. #meditation#prayer#silenceIf you choose to meditate with me I will explain how meditation is important in my life and how I will be doing I practice it before we get started. See you then ✌️ It will be very helpful to be in a quiet dark space, but anywhere is fine as long as we're together. 🙏
If you'd like to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, you can donate blood at one of the six donation centers in Las Vegas.
There are blood donation centers located in Carson City, Henderson, Reno, and Sparks, Nevada, as well as two donation centers in Las Vegas on West Craig Road and W. Charleston Boulevard.
Or, if you're not located in Nevada, you can donate to one of the various GoFundMe campaigns that have been set up in the aftermath of the shooting to aid the victims and their families.