UPDATE | Two confirmed victims have been named, and one off-duty cop has been revealed, as victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting on Sunday.
Quinton Robbins, 20, lived in Henderson, Nevada, studied at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and worked in the city government of his hometown.
“Quinton was a pay-it-forward kinda guy," said Tyce Jones, who has known the Robbins family for 14 years and goes to church with Robbins, who was a recreational assistant at the City of Henderson.
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"Always had a smile on his face and was a nice guy. He loved his family and loved to coach his little brother’s flag football team. He will be missed," Jones said in an interview with Newsweek.
Robbins' aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, told Newsweek it was "so sudden" and that she was "at a loss." She posted on Facebook, “He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.”
Tennessee resident Sonny Melton died while trying to protect his wife, his best friend Jeremy Butler told the Paris Post-Intelligence. Melton, who was a nurse, used his body to cover Heather Gulish Melton from gunfire at the music festival.
"At this point, I'm in complete disbelief and despair,” his wife told WZTV in a statement. “I don't know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving man I have ever met. He saved my life and lost his.”
There are at least 48 other fatalities from Sunday's shooting, which also injured hundreds. The Las Vegas police department said that 406 people were transported to the hospital after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 attending the Route 91 Harvest country musical festival. Jason Aldean was onstage at the time of the shooting, which came in three blasts.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Twitter that one of its officers was also killed in the shooting, but the department did not identify the officer, who was off-duty at the time. Two other on-duty officers were wounded.
“It’s a devastating time,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters at a Monday news conference.
Anyone wishing to help is asked to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting. United Blood Services will start taking donations at 7 a.m. at two locations: 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas or 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson. UMC will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services. It will be held at UMC’s Delta Point Building located at 901 N. Rancho Lane. There will be updates as to the exact time of the blood drive as more information is available."
In addition, The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.
This is a developing story. Check back later.
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