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Here’s What You Can Do If You’re Feeling Helpless Over The Las Vegas Shooting

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Just after 10 p.m. last night on the Las Vegas strip, a gunman unloaded multiple rounds into a crowd of thousands during a music festival, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds more. The death toll as of now is at 58, but that number is expected to increase. The gunman has been identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male who killed himself before authorities could get to him. It is being reported that this tragic event is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Authorities raided a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which is where they found Paddock dead among “in excess of 10 rifles.” The shooting occurred during the set of country singer Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

While the investigation of this horrific event has clearly just begun, authorities have said that the shooter acted alone and that the motive is unknown.

If you have yet to hear from your friends and loved ones that were at the festival, here’s the number to call for information:

If you were in Vegas during the shooting, the FBI wants your footage to gather as much information as they can.

While several images and videos of the Las Vegas shooting can already be seen on social media, it’s crucial to hand over any footage to authorities. Your information could actually help them with their investigation.

If you’re near Vegas or in Nevada, here’s where you can go to donate blood.

There’s already an overwhelming amount of people that have lined up to give, which is amazing!

If you don’t live in Vegas but still want to donate blood, call now to make an appointment. You can also donate to the Red Cross Southern Nevada chapter online, or by calling 702-369-3674, and donating by mail to American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter 1771 E. Flamingo Rd., #206B Las Vegas, NV 89119.

You can also donate funds to the victims via the Red Cross.

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Click here to donate to the Red Cross of Southern Nevada.

READ: The World Is Uniting With Orlando After Horrific Mass Shooting At Popular Gay Club

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Two Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Still Needs Lots Of Help

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Two Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Still Needs Lots Of Help

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While Donald Trump went on to attack San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz via Twitter this weekend, the situation in Puerto Rico continues to be a desperate one, despite some improvement.

USA Today reports that obtaining food, water, or gas is a daylong goal. Each mission to get any of these things can take several hours.

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“Tomorrow we’re going to try to find gasoline,” Michelle Rebollo told USA Today. “Then, we’ll try to get money. Each one is a whole day.”

Various reporters and celebrities on the ground in Puerto Rico are saying that people remain without running water and basic necessities.

“I haven’t seen any help and we’re running out of water,” Pedro Gonzalez, told a local ABC news affiliate, adding that he has a daughter with Down syndrome and has decided to move to Louisiana. “We’re getting out of here.”

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said that 714 gas stations now have fuel, but USA Today reports that several gas stations they have seen are either closed or say “No hay gasolina.”

Rosselló also said that 47 percent of water and sewer service is working, but added that the number isn’t a certain because 1,400 generators are powering the water services. And because they’re without power, the generators can stop working from time to time, but Rosselló says “general progress is being made.”

Rosselló also said that a quarter of the island should regain power next month.

While there is food and water finally in Puerto Rico, after Trump waived the Jones Act (for now), the items are not being distributed to areas in need.

Yulín Cruz tweeted that they have supplies coming in, but can’t distribute because the roads are not clear.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, who is working in Puerto Rico along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says one of the worst problems is the roads. “The roads are not clear on the outside of the island, and we’re slowly working our way in,” Buchanan said to PBS. “But we obviously need to get all the roads cleared so we can get supplies to people who desperately need them. Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen until the storm actually hits, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

President Trump falsely said that all buildings had now been inspected and cleared.

The president and First Lady Melania are expected to be in Puerto Rico tomorrow.

Click here for a list of charities and crowdfunding campaigns that are helping people in Puerto Rico.

READ: The Mayor Of San Juan Let The Trump Administration Have It In A Press Conference

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