Local reactions to nightclub mass shooting in Orlando

Local reactions to nightclub mass shooting in Orlando

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Organizations and officials in the Baton Rouge area are reacting to mass nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded 53 others.

Governor John Bel Edwards began with a bible quote from Psalm 18:2 and then followed with a statement:

There are no words that will comfort the survivors and families of the victims of this tragic incident, but it is our hope that the people of Florida will find solace in this scripture during this very difficult time. This is a senseless tragedy of unimaginable scale.  In the face of adversity, as we always do, we stand united against acts of terrorism that threaten our people and our way of life. Donna and I, along with every citizen in Louisiana, send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. We stand ready to support the State of Florida in any way that we can to bring justice for those whose lives were lost.

In a statement released by the Capital City Alliance, the organization says:

We at Capital City Alliance are overcome with grief at the news of the horrific mass shooting that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Our thoughts are with all of the families and friends of the victims. We ask that anyone who is able to please donate blood at a local center. Capital City Alliance is currently communicating with other local organizations to organize a vigil to pay respects to the victims.  The vigil is scheduled to take place Monday , June 13 at 6:00 on the steps on the Baton Rouge levee, near the red chairs and umbrellas.

Former Chief of the New Orleans FBI, Jim Bernazzani, was able to shed some light onto what will happen next in the investigation into the Orlando shooting. He says:

The way the investigation will go now is that not only will we leave no stone unturned relative to who this person was, but who else was he in contact with and find out if someone else is up to the same type of shenanigans.

The American Red Cross Louisiana Region has also released a statement about the tragedy. They also have advice about how you can help:

The thoughts and deepest sympathies of the entire American Red Cross family are with the people of Orlando and those affected by Saturday night’s tragic shooting. Local Red Cross volunteers are supporting emergency responders by providing snacks and water, and the Red Cross is coordinating closely with local officials to determine how we can best support the affected community over the coming days and weeks.

While we do not typically serve hospitals in the Orlando area, the Red Cross is providing a small number of blood products to support Florida hospitals in response to the shooting, and we stand ready to provide additional blood and blood products as needed.

How To Help

Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives. In fact, right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in. Today’s tragedy illustrates that it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency.

We know that many people want to help. In the Louisiana Capital Area, several partners (like Our Lady of the Lake) accept blood donations. Eligible individuals can make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks and months, and where possible, by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. The Red Cross is grateful for all donors who generously give blood throughout the country.

Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to respond to this devastating incident.  While the Red Cross is not accepting financial donations designated specifically for this event, we always need the public to help support our work. The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters each year, and donations for Red Cross Disaster Relief  are used to help people and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden released a statement Monday morning about the shooting:

We come together to pray for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. We pray that we learn how to respect one another. We pray that we build upon things that we have in common rather than those that separate us. We pray that we not only say that "We are one Nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all" - - We live it. We remember those who were killed during this tragic week. We have lowered all American Flags on City-Parish property to half-mast for this week. God Bless America.

A vigil was held at the Live Oak Lounge in the LSU Student Union Sunday evening.

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