Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas last evening:
"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the hundreds of people that were killed or injured in the tragic events that unfolded last evening in Las Vegas. We owe deep gratitude to law enforcement officials, firefighters, EMTs, medical staff and all those on the ground who are doing everything they can to assist those affected.
"I was heartened to learn of, but not surprised by, the bravery of one of our own – Rhode Island State Police Detective Conor O'Donnell – who was among the off-duty law enforcement officials at the concert who helped the victims on the scene. I have no doubt that the quick thinking by the law enforcement officials in attendance helped save many lives.
"This is still very early in the investigation, and we will learn much more about the motives of the shooter in the coming days. Needless to say, this is simply the latest and deadliest example of gun violence in this country, which has taken the lives of far too many innocent people. For now, though, let us all pray for the victims and their families, as well as for our first responders."