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Las Vegas shooting: US sports fraternity express solidarity with victims and families

Las Vegas: The US sports world was left reeling on Monday in the wake of the shooting carnage in Las Vegas which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.

Less than 24 hours after the massacre at a country music concert in the Nevada gambling hub, athletes, teams and leagues reacted in disbelief as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history hit home.

LeBron James was among an array of star athletes from different sports, including several with ties to Las Vegas, who took to social media to voice condolences and express their grief.

The National Football League announced a plan to honour those affected with a moment of silence before Monday's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins. The Oakland Raiders, set to relocate to Las Vegas in 2020, meanwhile said the team would donate $50,000 to a relief fund. Some athletes found themselves directly caught up in the shooting spree.

Former British women's tennis number one Laura Robson recounted how she and a friend attending the concert were caught up in the shooting as gunfire erupted.

"My friend who was deeper in crowd has been helping people who were shot. We're all in shock."

American pole vaulter Sandi Morris, second at the 2016 Rio Olympics and this year's world championships, posted a Twitter link to a video message she made after spending five hours in lockdown at a Vegas theater following a Blue Man Group performance.

"This is probably one of the scariest things I've ever experienced in my life if not the scariest," she said, later describing the walk back to her hotel. "It was a ghost town. It was very surreal and odd."

'Love and prayers' 

Sports stars from Las Vegas and across the United States were stunned and saddened at the tragedy. Mike Tyson, who lives in Las Vegas, tweeted

The 2016 Olympics US high jumper Vashti Cunningham wrote on Twitter,

The Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took to Twitter to express his shock, 

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray was a three-sport high school star in Las Vegas and stunned by the incident following his club's 57-14 NFL loss at Houston.

The National Hockey League's Vegas Golden Knights, the city's first major US sports league team set to open their inaugural season Friday, tweeted support for first responders and condolences to the victims.

The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots tweeted,

while the reigning World Series baseball champion Chicago Cubs tweeted, 

University of Nevada Las Vegas ice hockey assistant coach Nick Robone was among those shot at the concert, according to the team's twitter page. He suffered a bruised lung and was in intensive care following surgery but is expected to make a full recovery.

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Updated Date: Oct 03, 2017 12:19:40 IST

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