The American Sikh Council (ASC) (formerly known as World Sikh Council America Region –WSC-AR) is shocked at the mass murder which took place around 10 pm on Sunday October 1, 2017 outside the Mandalay Hotel on the famous strip in downtown Las Vegas, NV.
A 64 year old white terrorist named Stephen Paddock shot dead over 58 innocent people who were enjoying an outdoor country music concert. Currently there are over 515 wounded according to reports by BBC. This is the deadliest mass murder in our country’s history.
According to news reports, “Witnesses described seeing flashes of light high up in the tower of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and a sound ‘like firecrackers’ as ‘clip after clip’ was unloaded into the 40,000-strong crowd.”
Stephen Paddock, a white man from Mesquite, Nevada, was believed to have been firing down at concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel room.
Paddock was retired and according to the media previously lived in Reno, Nevada, California and Florida.
The local Swat team used a measured explosion to enter the hotel room, where Paddock was found dead, according to a police statement. According to the Las Vegas Police Department they located numerous firearms including semi-automatic rifles in the hotel room.
Las Vegas police department confirmed that two off-duty police officers were among the dead, and at least two more on-duty officers were also injured. One is in a stable condition after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries.
The FBI and multiple federal, state and local security agencies are assisting the Las Vegas police.
American Sikh Council President Dr. Gurdas Singh stated, “Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this appalling and unprecedented violence. Innocent citizens have been shot in many locations over and over again across our nation and this kind of terrorism must stop.”
The American Sikh Council stands firmly against all kinds of terrorism and homegrown terrorists who must be denounced in the strongest possible terms and brought to justice.
The American Sikh Council (ASC) urges all the Gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions to hold candle light vigils, organize and/or join hands in any local rally being held against hate and bigotry, donate blood, and continue to educate non-Sikh neighbors about the Sikh message of universal brotherhood/sisterhood to spread peace and inclusiveness as directed by our faith founders.
The American Sikh Council also urges all Sikh Americans to be vigilant and make sure that there are security measures in place for the respective Gurdwaras and the sangats. These are trying times and it is up to us to be proactive and be prepared to keep everyone safe.
The American Sikh Council (ASC) is the umbrella organization representing Sikhs across the United States. It is the representative and elected body of Sikh Gurdwaras (houses of prayer) and institutions. The main governing purpose of the organization is to represent the collective view of all Sikhs in the United States. ASC works in a collaborative manner to promote Sikh interests at both the national and international levels and focusing on issues of advocacy, education, and overall well-being of humankind.