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Fourth Canadian killed in Las Vegas shooting

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Oct 3rd, 2017

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A fourth Canadian victim has been identified in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Monday.

She has been identified by her family and her employer as Tara Roe of Okotoks, Alberta. Roe was an Educational Assistant.

Earlier Tuesday a third Canadian victim was identified by friends as Calla Medig, from Jasper, Alta.

She was killed when a gunman opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from his nearby hotel window.

On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley extended her condolences to the friends and family of Medig.

Jasper Legion Branch 31 said in a Facebook post that it lowered its flag in Medig’s memory.

Notley has also extended her condolences to the family of Jessica Klymchuk, who was from the small Alberta community of Valleyview.

Klymchuk was a single mother of four who was visiting Vegas with her fiancé.

Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Vancouver was also killed during the attack.

“It’s a terrible thing, terrible for everyone,” McIldoon’s grandfather said during a phone interview with CityNews Vancouver.

The death toll in the Las Vegas massacre now stands at 59 people, with over 500 others injured, making it the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The gunman was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev. He had checked into the hotel room on Thursday, authorities said. Police said he was a retiree with no criminal record in the Nevada county where he lived.

SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman’s hotel room in the sleek, gold-colored glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself, authorities said.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of the shooter and 19 firearms at his home.

Tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives as shots rang out on the outdoor festival.

Other Canadians recalled the terrifying scene.

Jesse Harrison, of Toronto, and his wife were standing near the stage when the barrage of shots rang out.

“It sounded like fireworks, just lots of popping… and then the music stopped and then more popping and then everybody hit the ground,” he explained during a Skype interview with CityNews.

“We didn’t know where it was coming from so we jumped under our seats. It felt like it was right on top of us.”

Harrison said they eventually decided to make a run for it.

“It would stop for a few seconds and then people would start running and stampeding and started up again and everyone hit the ground again. It felt like it kept going for minutes.”

He said in all the confusion they lost each other in the crowd but met up at a hotel where they were put in lockdown.

With files from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press

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