MGM CEO: ‘Heartbroken’ Over Vegas Shooting

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, which operates the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino where at least 59 were killed when a shooter opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country festival from the 32nd floor of his hotel room, released a statement saying “we are heartbroken for the victims, their families and our community.” 

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Police vehicles block a street corner after a deadly shooting at a music festival.

“Our primary focus and concern in the hours since the shooting has been cooperating with law enforcement and taking actions to support the victims and their families, our guests and employees.

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“We have made counselors available, created a dedicated hotline to ensure out of town families of victims can arrange airfare and hotel accommodations to get to their loved ones, assisted guests whose travel has been disrupted, identified local transportation for guests who wish to donate blood or visit the injured, to just a few of the things we are presently engaged in.

“These efforts and more are being organized aggressively and are ongoing as we continue to get information and identify need.

“We’re grateful for all who have helped – first responders, the police and citizens who have acted in countless ways to assist.

“While information is still being gathered we are beginning to hear stories of great courage and humanity.  We know that without the swift and brave actions of first responders the scale of damage would have been much greater. We know that in the midst of chaos and fear people acted to protect and save others – those they knew and those they did not.

“In the coming days we will hear more of these stories as we grieve for the victims of this unspeakable tragedy.

“We’re working with law enforcement in every way possible.

“At the moment, we are deferring communications about the investigation to the FBI and Las Vegas Metro PD.

“Please pray for all the victims of this horrific event, our Las Vegas community, and all our employees who are working tirelessly to provide support at a very difficult time.”