Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement on Monday (2 October) on the shooting at an open-air festival in Las Vegas, during which, according to police reports, at least 50 concert-goers were killed and more than 200 were injured:
I am shocked by the massacre that occurred in Las Vegas tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the dead and injured and with all those who are concerned for their loved ones.
We do not yet know what motive lies behind this ruthless crime whose brutality and insidiousness shock us deeply.
The German Embassy in Washington is in close contact with the competent authorities and is working hard to establish whether German citizens are among the victims.