President Donald Trump called the worst shooting in U.S. history “an act of pure evil” in remarks to the nation Monday morning, but said “the answers do not come easy.”
The mass shooting at a Jason Aldean concert, which killed at least 50 and injured at least 400, is the deadliest even in the U.S. Law enforcement say 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock killed himself as officers closed in on him.
“In moments of horror, America comes together as one. It always has,” Trump said, adding, “Though we feel such great anger … it is our love that defines us today, and always will, forever.”
He called on the nation to pray for the victims.
“We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss,” he said.
Trump said he would be in Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with families and survivors.
The White House orderered flags to be flown at half staff until sunset on October 6.
Trump had tweeted his sympathy for the victims earlier that morning: