Las Vegas shooting: Offering prayer, asking for answers, Marylanders react

As news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Marylanders turned to Twitter to express concern and offer prayers for the victims.

Authorities said at least 59 people were killed and 400 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement Monday.

“The people of Baltimore stand with you. To the courageous police officers and first responders, thank you for your acts of bravery."

Other officials, including Gov. Larry Hogan, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Speaker of the House Michael Busch expressed concerns for the victims and their families.

Swimmer Michael Phelps’ wife, Nicole Phelps, wrote on Instagram that the couple attended the festival on Friday but had left before the shooting.

Barbara Zektick, the associate director at the Maryland Association of Counties, tweeted a picture from Las Vegas. She said she was among those who were evacuated from the Mirage hotel.

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