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Remembering Orlando Shooting, Fla. Officials Express Condolences To Las Vegas Victims

Chase Stevens
Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
A wounded person is walked in on a wheelbarrow as Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after Sunday’s mass shooting at a music festival.";

Florida officials are expressing their condolences at the loss of life during the latest worst mass shooting in modern American history. Sunday night’s Las Vegas Shooting has left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.

Before this, Florida had the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, when a gunman killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others in last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. And, Governor Rick Scott says no matter where it is, it’s always heartbreaking.

“I can’t imagine what happened last night in Las Vegas. I mean, I think back to the families I talked to after Pulse, and it’s just so senseless. It’s clearly evil, and my heart goes out to every family that’s impacted. I’m praying for the people who are injured, and I hope they all survive. But, it had to be traumatic to be there.”

Scott also held a moment of silence for the Las Vegas victims Monday, during this year’s Latin American Summit in Miami. Attorney General Pam Bondi also did the same at a Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando.

“The largest mass shooting in our nation’s history happened in Las Vegas, and it was horrible,” she said. “And, if we could have a moment of silence, please, for all of those victims.”

Meanwhile, officials say the Las Vegas shooting is even worse than the Boston Marathon Bombing in terms of the injury toll. Three people died in that 2013 bombing and more than 260 people were injured.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.