The Latest: Senate has moment of silence for Vegas victims

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the shootings in Las Vegas (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

The Senate has observed a moment of silence to honor victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “this is a moment of national mourning.”

He says the mass shooting is shocking and tragic and devastating for the families of the victims.

McConnell says, “It’s hard to even imagine their pain.”

The Senate’s tribute followed a moment of silence at the White House, where President Donald Trump paused on the South Lawn as a bell tolled three times.

At least 58 people were killed and hundreds others wounded in the shooting.


3:03 p.m.

A bell tolled three times as a solemn President Donald Trump paused on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Flanked by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, Trump walked out onto the lawn for the memorial moment Monday afternoon. The White House’s flag stood at half-staff overhead.

They were honoring the 58 people killed night when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas. Police say Stephen Craig Paddock was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower Sunday night when he fired into Route 91 Harvest festival. More than 500 people were wounded.


2:25 p.m.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the day after the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history is not the time to renew a debate over gun control.

Sanders was asked Monday during the press briefing that there is a “time and place” for a debate but that is “not the place we’re in at this moment.”

She said President Donald Trump was focused on the victims and stressed that it was a “time to unite the country.”

Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama frequently used mass shootings to call for stricter gun control laws. Trump did not mention firearms during his remarks earlier Monday after a gunman in Las Vegas and killed 58 people and injured at least 515 others.

The Republican president has cast himself as a friend to firearms owners and the powerful National Rifle Association lobby.


2:10 p.m.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords raised her fist at the Capitol and said “the nation is counting on you” after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Giffords, who was grievously wounded in 2011, and her husband Mark Kelly were at the Capitol on Monday. They said the nation’s…

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