21 June, 2021

Supervillain In Sin City

In the wake of its deadliest mass shooting, America once again confronts its unending cycle of gun violence

People scramble for shelter during the mass shooting in Las Vegas
Supervillain In Sin City

They came from near. And they came from afar—as far as Ala­ska. For thousands of country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the three-day open-sky jamboree was coming to one glorious, rambunctious end, with meg­astar Jason Aldean’s eagerly awaited closing performance. But suddenly, and without warning, the groovy and warm Sunday evening turned into a night of unmitigated horror. The shooting started a few minutes after 10; it went on for at least 10 UNI­nterrupted minutes. Bullets rained in bursts upon hundreds of people, spreading confusion, disbelief and panic.

The murderous hail left over 50 dead, more than 500 injured, and a nation’s heart shredded into pieces.

The gunman, Stephen Paddock

Sara Hass, a survivor, later relived the moment on NBC News. “Everybody starts running, everyone’s on the ground,...

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