After Las Vegas shooting—people are forming huge lines down the block

Here's why
October 2, 2017 1:45 pm Last Updated: October 2, 2017 1:45 pm

Hours after a gunman opened fire on a crowd in Las Vegas at a music festival, killing over 50 and sending over 400 more to the hospital, the community came to their aid.

On Monday morning, officials made a plea, urging people to step in to volunteer to donate their blood to save those injrued.

“If you have the ability to donate blood to help the cause, please do so,” said Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo at a press conference hours after the attack. He asked that volunteers only used the one clinic in question, as there were resource issues at other clinics.

And the community heeded the call.

Long lines wrapped around the block of the designated clinic buildings, as hundreds came out to help.

“Literally, every single bed was being used, every single hallway was being used,” Rep. Ruben Kihuen told Associated Press. “Every single person there was trying to save a life.”

The shooter has been identified and is believed to have been working alone. This is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States to date.

There were about 22,000 people in the crowd when the attacker opened fire, injuring over 400 people.

But when officials put out the word that these people needed help, locals and festival goers alike started lining up as early as 3 a.m. to donate blood.