B.C. man among those murdered in Las Vegas shooting
Facebook photo of Jordan McIldoon and Amber Bereza. (Facebook)
Jordan Seymour McIldoon of Maple Ridge was among the dozens killed in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.
McIldoon attended Sunday's Route 91 Harvest country music festival with his girlfriend Amber Bereza.
A gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel unleashed a hail of bullets on concertgoers below, killing at least 58 people as tens of thousands of music fans screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday.
A family relative who didn't want to be identified confirmed with Postmedia that the 23-year-old Maple Ridge man was among those killed at the concert.
"Can you imagine? Can you imagine going to a concert and getting killed by a nutter?" the relative said through tears.
McIldoon would have turned 24 on Friday and was a month shy of completing a course to qualify as a heavy-duty mechanic.
In Facebook post, Bereza's brother Cole credited McIldoon was saving his sister Amber's life.
"You'll always be a hero Jordan thank you for saving my sister you forever be in my heart," Cole Bereza wrote.
McIldoon's parents, Al and Angela McIldoon, were flying down to Las Vegas on Monday to retrieve their son's body.
“We only had one child,” they told the CBC. “We just don’t know what to do.”
Heather Gooze, a Spring Valley, Nevada woman, claimed in a Facebook post that McIldoon died in her arms.
B.C. Premier John Horgan called the attack horrifying and incomprehensible.
"Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge was among those who lost their lives. He was 23 years old. The flags at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria and Provincial Government Buildings in Maple Ridge will be dropped to half-mast to honour him," said Horgan.
"To Jordan's family, and the family and friends of all those who have lost their lives, we offer our condolences and support."
A second Canadian has been confirmed killed in Sunday night’s Las Vegas music-festival massacre.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alberta, was among those who died. Notley expressed sympathy for the loss.
“Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Jessica Klymchuk, an Albertan who was killed in the Las Vegas attack. We are so sorry for your loss,” Notley tweeted on Monday.
Former Victoria TV news anchor Hudson Mack tweeted that his son Sheldon, 21, was among those injured in the shooting.
Sheldon Mack, a former football player who played for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and for the Westshore Rebels of the Canadian Junior Football League, was in Las Vegas celebrating his 21st birthday.
B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver, a longtime acquaintance of the Mack family, told Postmedia that Sheldon underwent surgery Monday morning at a Las Vegas hospital
Weaver said his constituency assistant Judy Fainstein is best friends with Sheldon's mother Patty.
"Judy got an email from Patty this morning saying that Sheldon had been shot, that he was intensive care, that he had come out of an operation, and that there were no vitals," said Weaver, whose daughter Maria went to elementary school with Sheldon.
"I was shocked ... just shocked. It shows the world we live in that it can happen to anybody.
"This one was just a real blow."
According to a 1:30 p.m. update from his Twitter account, Sheldon Mack sustained two gunshot wounds, a ruptured colon, and a broken forearm.
So much evil in this world, thanking god for watching over me. Sustained 2 gunshot wounds, a ruptured colon, and a broken forearm.— Sheldon Mack (@SMack_era) October 2, 2017
Thankful for those who helped me and prayers out those I couldn't help— Sheldon Mack (@SMack_era) October 2, 2017
Stephanie Park, a wheelchair athlete from Maple Ridge, attended the concert with her mother and posted on Facebook that both escaped unscathed.
Victoria police chief Del Manak was with his family at the Mandalay resort when the shooting occurred. He and his family were not injured, according to a statement on the Victoria Police Twitter account.
"The professionalism & courage of (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) officers in the face of danger saved lives," said Manak via Twitter. "I take comfort knowing the women & men who serve in law enforcement are trained & ready to respond when the worst occurs.”
Another Canadian, Monique Dumas of British Columbia, was six rows from the front of the stage when the shooting erupted.
At first she thought a bottle had smashed, and then, like so many others, thought the popping of automatic gunfire was fireworks. The shooting, she said, continued for the minutes it took for her to get out to safety.'
Mikey McBryan, of Hay River, N.W.T., and his girlfriend were just leaving the casino at Mandalay Bay when officers with guns drawn began yelling at them to get out because there were shooters in the building.
McBryan said they ran across the road to take shelter behind a large electrical transformer outside a gas station.
"It now seems like a foolish idea but we didn't know what was going on,'' McBryan said in an interview. "Everyone was kind of in a daze.''
McBryan said he didn't hear any gunfire, but remembers waves of screaming as hundreds of people from the concert began descending on the area and police set up roadblocks.
Global Affairs Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the number of Canadians who may have been affected by the shooting in the city known for its glitz and gambling.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted out a message of support.
"Words fail this morning. The friendship & support of Canadians is with the victims in Las Vegas & the people of the US."
Las Vegas is a popular tourist destination for Canadians.
Visitors from Canada made up nearly half of international tourists who arrived in the city by air last year, according to the Las Vegas
Visitor Authority. Residents of Toronto and Vancouver and Calgary account for about one third of all visitors arriving by air.
With files from Rob Shaw, The Associated Press.