‘Vegas is strong’: Hundreds line up to donate blood after Las Vegas massacre

Sixty-four-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock opened fire on an open-air country music festival on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday, killing at least 59 people, and injuring more than 500.

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The shooting began at around (0500 GMT).

Las Vegas authorities called for blood donations over social media, urging people to attend designated blood banks rather than local hospitals, which remain overloaded after admitting more than more than 400 victims of the attack.

If you would like to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara.

— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017

The residents of Las Vegas instantly responded to the calls. In the early hours of the morning after the shooting, hundreds of people lined up at blood banks, with many reporting on social media that their local bank was completely full. 

Reporter David Schuman posted a video to Twitter, saying that at 3:48am, the blood bank on West Charleston Boulevard was completely full with people wanting to donate and help:

LOOK: parking lot of blood donation center on Charleston is full. At 3:48am. #Vegas is strong and compasionate. @BethFisherTV @ktnv pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/ltcQ3P6a9K

— David Schuman (@david_schuman) October 2, 2017Another pic of blood center. My friend there says line is out the door. Again, this was at 4:15. People care. @KTNV pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/Was1prG8Ml

— David Schuman (@david_schuman) October 2, 2017

Erik Hill, the regional director of United Blood Services, said that he noticed people lining up in the carpark of the Charleston donation centre from around 2am, and has been drawing blood since 4am:

A large crowd at United Blood Services on W Charleston, regional director Erik Hill speaks a about donations. pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/kRFCDjVG23

— Bridget Bennett (@bridgetkbennett) October 2, 2017

Other residents also tweeted their amazement and appreciation about the amount of people who showed up to donate blood:

I am so proud of this city. Look at the line for blood donations! BATTLE BORN #Pray4Vegas @X1075 @985KLUC @Mix941 @Q100Vegas pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/pd1otshPpN

— Aj Sanchez (@A_blah_J_blah) October 2, 2017This is Vegas!!!! Line wrapped around United Blood Services, waiting to donate blood this morning #vegasstrong pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/3061LtwaiY

— kathleen Sweeney (@3morethanfiddy) October 2, 2017This is the scene at one of the local blood banks (United Blood on W Charleston). Vegas is an amazing community. Our city is coming together pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/Xk7zTZWOR6

— Dave Farra (@DaveFarra) October 2, 2017The line at the united blood service on Whitney Ranch location. So happy to see so many people coming out to help. #LasVegas #mandalaybay pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/Xo8X3Qu661

— Jourdan Lasko (@Heilos) October 2, 2017It’s 6:40 am, and there is a line out the door and around the block. People waiting to donate blood at United Blood Services. #RJ pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/sGRMpUOHXc

— Bridget Bennett (@bridgetkbennett) October 2, 2017

The line to donate blood is now wrapped around United Blood Services. Hundreds of people coming out to help in any way they can pic苏州美甲美睫培训,/GA6O2R37LS

— Yasmeen Hassan (@YasmeenTV) October 2, 2017

United Blood Services posted a message of gratitude on their Facebook page, reminding people to continue to donate over the next few weeks so blood is readily available to those who are injured:

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