Las Vegas mass shooting: 'act of pure evil'

By Diana Chandler - Posted at Baptist Press:

"God is a refuge in help, a very present help in time of trouble," Pitman told BP, quoting Psalm 46:1. "The Scripture teaches that God is to be run to in moments like this, that He's a refuge. He's a shelter that we can run to in moments of tragedy and find comfort, find peace, find redemption, reconciliation, and find hope."

LAS VEGAS (BP) -- A lone gunman with a bird's eye view fired an automatic weapon into a crowd of 22,000 Las Vegas concertgoers, killing at least 58 and injuring more than 500 before killing himself in his hotel room Sunday night (Oct. 1).

Las Vegas police identified the suspected shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., and said he acted alone when he fired into the Route 91 Harvest Festival of country music just after 10 p.m. Perched in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street from the open-air event, the gunman committed for no known reason the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's history.