Las Vegas was struck by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with at least 59 dead and over 520 injured.

The gunman — 64-year-old retiree Stephen Paddock — fired indiscriminately into a crowd of concertgoers at an outdoor country music festival. There are reports that law enforcement officers found at least 17 guns in the shooter’s hotel room.

Echoing comments made about previous mass shootings, people familiar with the gunman said, “There were no red flags,” and “we are completely dumbfounded.”

A Bay Area man who attended the concert and witnessed the shooting recalled wondering, “‘Was this my last 5 seconds? Does it really come down to this?’ You’re not going to know when that bullet hits you.”

Horrific Mass Shooting in Las Vegas 2 October,2017Mark Fiore


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Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured regularly on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,  His work has appeared on,,,, and NPR’s web site.  Fiore’s political animation has appeared on CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times.  In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation.
Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho.  It was this combination that shaped him politically.  Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly.
Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008).  Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.

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