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Las Vegas shooting: Philippines Envoy to the United States dies in the hospital

LAS VEGAS – Philippines Ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez was among the 527 victims who were critically injured when a gunman opened fire late Sunday at a Las Vegas concert that left at least 59 people dead.

H.E. Jose Manuel Romualdez died at 2:00pm local time today at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada three days after he was put on life support, Dr. Jay Coates confirmed.

H.E. Jose Manuel Romualdez was at the concert when a gunman aiming from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, family spokesperson told local media.

“At this point, we are in complete disbelief and despair. We don’t know what to say, Romualdez was the most kind-hearted, loving and hardworking man we have ever worked with. Though he’s gone, his legacy will still live with us, an irreplaceable vacuum is created.” – the Embassy of the Philippines, Washington D.C. said in a statement.

A “crazed lunatic” turned an outdoor concert into a bloodbath, killing 59 people in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Thousands of country music fans ran for cover Sunday night as a gunman fired hundreds of bullets at them from a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said.

Another 527 people were hurt in the gunfire and ensuing stampede at a Jason Aldean concert, police said.
The gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, unleashed a hail of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday.

Inside the trauma center, staff worked to evaluate and treat dozens of patients with high-velocity bullet wounds – victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“It was like a war zone,” said Coates, one of two senior surgeons who worked Sunday night duty as the city’s emergency personnel struggled to keep up with the flood of victims. “We were just trying to keep people from dying.”

The fusillade of bullets fired by a lone gunman from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of 22,000 at a country music festival killed at least 59 people and sent more than 500 to area hospitals, severely straining the city’s emergency response system and putting the hospitals into overdrive.

The most critically wounded sometimes had up to 20 people around their bed working on them.

“It was a trauma bay full of at least 70 people and patients stacked everywhere. It was controlled chaos.


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