Gov. Pete Ricketts reacts to the deadly shootings in Las Vegas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are going to the victims and their families of just this terrible incident,” Ricketts tells reporters gathered for a news conference on a separate topic. “I’d ask all Nebraskans to keep those victims in their prayers in such a difficult time for the city of Las Vegas.”
A gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, killing nearly 60 and wounding hundreds more during a country music festival last Sunday.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo identifies the shooter as Stephen Paddock, found dead by officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino,
It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Ricketts says Nebraska cannot be seen as immune from such shootings.
“When you have somebody who acts in the way that apparently this single person did, you’re always at risk no matter where you are and I think that’s one of the things that we have to just remain vigilant about and, again, encourage people to remain vigilant with regard to when they are at large public gatherings,” Ricketts says. “Certainly we look at issues with regard to security all the time to see how we can improve things, just like in all of our other agencies.”
Ricketts, in accordance with a presidential proclamation, orders all flags at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shootings.
Flags will be flown as half-staff until sunset October 6th.