As everyone knows by now, a gunman with a stash of high-powered rifles, killed at least 59 people, wounding more than 520, at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip.
Law enforcement officers from multiple Western U.S. agencies, many in Southern California—most off duty, some on—were among the dead and wounded.
An off-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer, Charleston Hartfield, who was attending the concert, was one of those killed by the gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, who shot down at the concert goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. First responders acted quickly and a SWAT team raced toward the still-firing gunman, who died of a gunshot wound that was reportedly self-inflicted before the team of officers burst through his hotel room door.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell confirmed early Monday morning that two off-duty members of his department were among those shot in the horrific sniper rampage. Both were transferred to a local hospital. One was in critical condition, the other was reportedly stable.
One off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer, who is assigned to the department’s Foothill Division, was shot in the leg in the mass-shooting and was expected to recover, said department spokesperson Rosario Herrera.
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted a statement Monday morning stating least seven off-duty members were attending concert event on Sunday, where two LA firefighters were reportedly shot, but are expected to recover.
A Newport Beach off-duty police officer was also wounded in Sunday night’s shooting, but reportedly not seriously.
Yet, an off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy was “severely wounded by gunshots to the abdomen and thigh,” according to the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. Two of the OC deputies’ wives were also shot, but their wounds were not life threatening, the AOCDS said.
A Manhattan Beach Police Department records technician, Rachel Parker, was also among those shot and killed. A sworn officer of the MBPD, who was off duty, was also shot, but the officer’s injuries were described as “minor.”
A Riverside county sheriff’s department employee was another among the injured, as was a Bakersfield police officer, who was wounded in the gunfire and was taken to a hospital for treatment, and a 24-year-old Ontario police officer who was wounded is “stable.”
Updated Oct. 2, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.