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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:58

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Turns Refuge for Southern Californians Deadly

It's sometimes billed as "America's playground," but most of America doesn't live within four highway hours (much less if you speed) from downtown Las Vegas.

Which partly explains why the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history – a Sunday night rampage near the Las Vegas Strip that left at least 59 dead and more than 500 wounded or injured – feels like a local crime.

Though hard numbers aren't known, a huge chunk of the estimated 22,000 people on hand when Jason Aldean's performance was halted by the crackle of an automatic weapon, came from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Even the name of the three-day country music event – the Route 91 Harvest festival – refers to the former name of the stretch of freeway and highway that connects Long Beach to Las Vegas.