Las Vegas shooting has shocked the entire US. The entire nation is mourning the death of 59 innocent people. They were innocent people and had not committed any crime. When they had gone to the festival, they had no idea that it will be the last day of their lives.
Not just 59 people were killed by Stephen Paddock, the 64-year old man from Nevada, but more than 500 people were injured by him. Reports suggest that there were 23 firearms including automatic guns mounted on tripod in his hotel room from where he fired indiscriminately at the revelers who were part of the music celebration.
The motive of the barbaric killings has remained a secret till now. “We have recovered 23 firearms at Mandalay Bay and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite,” Todd Fasulo, assistant sheriff, said on Monday evening, a day after the shooting spree. Mesquite is about 120km northeast of Las Vegas in the state of Nevada. “The Las Vegas metropolitan police department is working on two fronts to process the crime scene and also investigate the motive,” Fasulo said. “We’re hunting down and tracing down every single clue we can get in his background,” he added.
Among the 59 people who lost their lives, Sonny Melton of Paris, Tennessee was the first victim of the shooting to be identified. Reports suggest that he was at the Las Vegas concert with his wife, who reportedly survived the death and destruction, one of the worst in the US history.
In a statement released to the media, his wife Heather Gulish Melton said, “At this point, I’m in complete disbelief and despair. I don’t know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving man I have ever met. He saved my life and lost…He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back. I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe”, WSMV-TV quoted him as saying.
Reports suggest that Sonny Melton worked as a registered nurse at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). Sonny Melton Facebook page says that He previously worked as a financial advisor, graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a finance degree in 2010. He went back to school and earned his nursing degree from Union University in 2015. He was a 2006 graduate of Big Sandy High School in Big Sandy, Tennessee.
His death is being mourned by everyone close to him. In a Facebook post Union University said “Our hearts go out to the family of Sonny Melton, a 2015 Union University graduate who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting yesterday. Sonny completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated degree from Union and was president of his BSNA class. He worked in the emergency department at Henry County Medical Center and was attending the country music festival in Las Vegas with his wife, Heather Gulish Melton.”