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85 county residents were present at the Las Vegas shooting 


–The San Luis Obispo County Victim Witness Center is reaching out the community to help notify local survivors of the Las Vegas shooting. The FBI has identified 85 county residents who were reportedly at the Oct 1 Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the concert audience, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 before killing himself.

County residents who survived could qualify for medical care, counseling and other services through the California Victim Compensation Program. A Nov 2 statement on the center’s website said the center, “wants to reach out to those who were present at the concert or family members of a victim affected by this tragedy,” and requested that survivors call (805) 781-5821 to speak with an advocate. Assistance can include health care, counseling resources, income loss and assistance with funeral expenses. County advocates can assist with counseling resources and help people connect with FBI victim services to recover items that may have been left behind when fleeing.

Reports say that so far only 11 of the 85 county residents have taken advantage of assistance. Approximately 63-percent of the 22,000 people at the concert were from California and 34 of the 58 killed were California residents. The FBI’s Victim Services Division and the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center are also reaching out to victims and survivors.

Resources for survivors

Investigation update

In a recent edition, the Las Vegas Sun reported that investigators maintain there is no indication that Paddock was “ideologically driven or affiliated with any international or domestic terror or hate group,” and that, “investigators have made significant strides in their efforts” to determine why Paddock decided to fire on the concert guests.

Aaron Rouse, FBI Las Vegas’ special agent in charge told the Las Vegas Sun, “We do know a lot more (about Paddock) than when we started, I feel like we are going in the correct direction to understand why this happened.”



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