Las Vegas resident, Elvis impersonator warmed by nation’s response to shooting
Mark Rumpler was asleep when the worst mass murder in modern American history began on Sunday night.
“I actually live on the Strip,” said Rumpler, dressed in full Elvis impersonator regalia at the Fabulous Las Vegas sign on Tuesday morning. “So I was only about three miles from the events going on.”
Rumpler’s family back in Pittsburgh called him and woke him up with the news on Sunday night.
“The whole thing is just so sick.”
Rumpler, who spent four decades working as a hairdresser, moved to Las Vegas 11 years ago, and mixes posing for photographs as Elvis at the iconic Fabulous Las Vegas sign with running a wedding business.
Like many of the city’s residents, Rumpler tried to donate blood on Monday.
“It was just hours and hours of waiting,” he said.
But those long lines outside donation points across the city showed him something important, about the city, and the country.
“As terrible of a situation as this is, you see how amazing Americans are, coming together to help each other out, you know? That’s the only thing about this that is anything good at all,” he said. “That part warms my heart, but it still doesn’t fill the hole left by the shooter.”
Sunday night’s shooting left 59 people dead and at least 527 wounded. Nevada resident Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel a short distance from the Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Paddock shot into a crowd of 22,000 people gathered across Las Vegas Boulevard at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music festival. Paddock was dead when police broke into his room. A motive for the attack has not been released. The FBI has said […]