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Trump calls Las Vegas shooting 'an act of pure evil'

| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — President Donald Trump has given a message of unity in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

Trump says in a somber White House address that: “in moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has.”

He says that “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil” and “our bonds cannot be broken by violence.”

At least 58 people are dead and 515 injured after a gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas country music festival.

Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump are praying for those who have been lost and wounded. He says they are praying “for the entire nation to find unity and peace.”

Trump says he will travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday.

He spoke hours after the shooting at a country music festival late Sunday killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 400. It is the worst mass shooting in American history.

Trump said the nation must stay unified. He said that although “feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that binds us today and always will.”

Trump called the shooting “an act of pure evil.”

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