Some survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting said they were ready for closure, though they felt engulfed by anxiety and security fears while gathering in a large group for the first time since the attack.
Theresa Almada, 49, drove from San Diego back to Las Vegas to attend a country music concert benefiting victims of the deadly mass shooting and said she hoped the event would help her begin to heal.
Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds more were wounded Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
Susan Pudiwitr, 56, of Las Vegas, who suffered a bullet graze wound, said she finds comfort being among other survivors but being in a big crowd again made her think about how she would save herself if the worst happened. “It’s been hard,” Pudiwitr said.
Security was also on the mind of John Rich of the country music duo Big & Rich, which headlined the benefit concert along with Rascal Flatts. “It’s definitely going to be on your mind. You’re going to look at your surroundings through a different lens,” Rich said. “I mean, how could you not?”
Big & Rich had performed at the festival about 90 minutes before Paddock opened fire, with country music star Jason Aldean on stage at the time.
Hollywood’s best-dressed honored
Selena Gomez, Brie Larson, Faith Hill and Kate Bosworth are among the presenters at next week’s InStyle Awards. The InStyle Awards honor the best-dressed of Hollywood and makeup artists, designers and stylists. Gomez will present an award to the best makeup artist, while Larson will honor designer of the year. Among honorees at Monday’s ceremony in Los Angeles are singers Demi Lovato and Zendaya and actresses Cate Blanchett and Elle Fanning.
Weinstein fallout: The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said that a hearing has been set for November. Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Busted: A man was arrested near the Boston set of the film “Equalizer 2” starring Denzel Washington for robbery and an attempted carjacking. The suspect took a woman’s purse, then ran to the set, where he faced several Boston police officers.