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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:00 pm

Council reflects on sad day

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne City Council took a moment during Tuesday's meeting to express sadness and condolences over Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Council President Tom Didier, R-3rd, began the council's committee session with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of prayer for not only the shooting victims, but for Fort Wayne Fire Captain Eric Balliet, who died during a training exercise last week. 

City Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, expressed his sadness over the Las Vegas incident in a statement earlier in the day.

"Words cannot properly express my personal heartbreak at this time," Paddock said. "As executive director of Headwaters Park, we work constantly to provide a safe venue for families who visit concerts, festivals, not-for-profit events, weddings and outdoor ice skating in the winter. As a city councilman, I work with other city leaders to provide a well-trained police force that enhances security to many of these events at Headwaters Park and in other venues." 

Paddock said he has no relation to the shooter, despite the two sharing a last name. 

Police say late Sunday, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas into a crowd of 22,000 people attending a Jason Aldean concert. Fifty-nine people were confirmed dead Tuesday afternoon, with more than 500 wounded. 

dgong@jg.net