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Southern California hospitals treat at least six Las Vegas mass shooting survivors

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Suzanne Hurt

Three more people injured in the Las Vegas country music festival massacre have been treated at Southern California hospitals, bringing the number of wounded cared for in the region to six.

A man with a gunshot wound and a woman with other non-life-threatening injuries – two of at least 527 people hurt by gunfire or while fleeing — have been released from Loma Linda University Medical Center after driving at least three and a half hours to reach the trauma center Monday evening, Oct. 2, hospital spokeswoman Briana Pastorino said.

At least 59 people were killed when retiree Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., opened fire late Sunday night on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel.

Staff at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange treated their fourth survivor Monday night and released him overnight. The patient was a male wounded by gunfire, like three other survivors treated earlier Monday, hospital spokesman John Murray said.

The first three men, who aren’t related, were treated after relatives drove them from the site of the shooting to Orange, four hours away.

No shooting survivors were still being treated at the hospital Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The trauma teams at Loma Linda and at least one other hospital, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, remained on standby Tuesday to take injured survivors.

“I was told it’s very possible we could receive other patients,” Pastorino said.

Early Monday morning, Riverside Community Hospital flew trauma equipment to two Las Vegas sister hospitals that are treating shooting survivors: Mountainview Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. The hospitals are owned by Hospital Corporation of America, Riverside Community Hospital spokeswoman Cherie Crutcher said.

Arrowhead was contacted Monday by the command center in Las Vegas to see if it could take shooting survivors.

“We still stand ready to help,” […]    

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