General Cox, Corps Respond to Las Vegas Shooting
The Salvation Army provided emotional and spiritual care to individuals and families affected by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. It was the deadliest such incident in modern U.S. history.
Fifty-eight people were killed and over 500 sustained injuries.
General André Cox, The Salvation Army’s international leader, was traveling in Africa when the news came through about the shooting. Calling it an “appalling, senseless loss of life,” the General used his Facebook page to send his and Commissioner Silvia Cox’s sympathy to “all those families and individuals affected — those who have woken up this morning to find a loved one has been cruelly taken from them, and those who are injured in the hospital after what should have been a relaxing and enjoyable night out.” He also offered prayer for first responders and medical personnel, and prayer that “above all, peace and restraint would prevail.”
“We ask that everyone please pray for the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or were injured, as well as the first responders and Salvation Army officers and employees who are serving and ministering to the community,” said Lt. Colonel Kelly Pontsler, Southwest divisional commander.
Salvation Army officers provided prayer and counsel at the two hospitals where most victims were taken for treatment: University Medical Center Hospital and Sunrise Hospital. Several more officers were also sent to Spring Valley Hospital and St. Rose Hospital, where other victims received care.
Clark County officials said people were being encouraged to give blood transfusions.
The Salvation Army dispatched mobile canteen to the United Blood Services location to provide food and water to those waiting in long lines to donate. Phillip Hollon, Salvation Army social services director, worked with local first responders to determine other ways that the Army could help.