American Spirit: GoFundMe Victims’ Fundraiser Raises $684,000 In 4 Hours

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A GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for the victims of Sunday evening’s Las Vegas shooting is already near the $700,000 mark in only four hours.

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak launched the page Monday morning in an effort to help raise funds for the victims of Sunday’s shootings. The website raised $693,209 as of 1:38 p.m. Monday afternoon.

“I’m Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas. We are raising funds to assist the victims of the tragic Las Vegas shooting. I spent last night with Sheriff Lombardo at Clark County’s only level-one trauma center,” Sisolak wrote on the website. “Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting.”

A gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands gathered in Las Vegas for a country music festival Sunday evening, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 500. The gunman was identified Monday morning as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev. Police found Paddock dead in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The Oakland Raiders provided the largest donation to the GoFundMe page, offering a $50,000 pledge in support of the initiative. Sisolak also put $10,000 towards the cause.

Las Vegas citizens have responded with enormous acts of generosity. Hundreds of people lined up as early as 4 a.m. Monday to donate blood and show their support for the victims and their families.

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