LAS VEGAS (WJBK) - In times of tragedy, Americans want to help. More than 500 people are recovering after a gunman opened fire on a packed outdoor concert in Las Vegas. Now millions want to help but beware of fake links.
The Las Vegas Police Department and local officials are providing information for those wishing to help the hundreds of injured victims of the mass shooting there. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music festival Sunday night, killing at least 58 people and injuring at least 515, officials say. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
When Americans are hurt, the rest of the country steps up to help. But when so many offer their time, money, or blood, some scammers are using the tragedy as a way to take advantage of kindness.
There are several ways to donate blood if you're in Las Vegas.
If you're not anywhere near Vegas, there are still ways you can help. You can donate to the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross which accepts donations on its website or by phone.
Additionally, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, Steve Sisolak, created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to assist the victim's of the shooting. According to the page, the funds will be used to "provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting." The page started with a $1 million goal and was at $800,000 in just five hours.
The National Compassion Fund directly distributes donations from the public to victims of a mass crime. It has previously partnered with relatives of victims of disasters like 9/11 and Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Las Vegas police along with the Clark County Coroner’s Office have set up a hotline for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this shooting. The hotline is only to take reports on missing people and the number is (866) 535-5654.
The American Red Cross also accepts bloods through blood drives. Make an appointment near you by CLICKING HERE.
Meanwhile, 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.