US Releases Some Vegas Shooting Survivor Funds

Funds Promised Had Not Been Dispersed By Year's End

Associated Press
January 28, 2020 - 6:20 am

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials have released some of a $16.7 million grant to help survivors of the October 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada’s U.S. senators said.

Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen issued a statement Friday saying funds were released after they wrote to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Jan. 15 saying that money promised for July through December 2019 had not been disbursed by the Department of Justice.

The Democratic senators said the delay hurt service providers’ ability to plan and provide aid to survivors and family members affected by the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

The Justice Department announced the grant in November 2018 under its Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for crime victims.

It said money was intended for counseling and therapy, vocational rehabilitation and trauma recovery for concert attendees, staff and vendors, first responders, law enforcers, medical personnel and others.

Police and the FBI reported finding no clear motive for the gunman who used assault-style rifles to shoot from upper-floor windows of Mandalay Bay into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. The shooter killed himself before police reached him.