WATCH: The father of a Victoria man injured in a Las Vegas shooting spoke to CHEK News about the latest mass shooting in Florida.
The impact of the latest tragedy in the United States is being felt in Victoria.
Former CHEK News anchor Hudson Mack’s son Sheldon was among the more than 800 people injured in a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 at the Route 91 country musical festival. Fifty-eight people were also killed when an American lone shooter fired into the crowd with a modified version of the same AR-15-semi-automatic rifle used in the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Twenty-one year old Sheldon had been at the country music festival to celebrate his birthday. He suffered two gunshot wounds and was operated on for an abdominal wound and a broken arm. Sheldon is still recovering from his injuries but has since returned to work and school.
Now, Hudson said the news of the shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead opened old wounds for his family. He said they watched the news unfold on Valentine’s Day.
“The hours passed and parents didn’t know if their children were dead or alive,” Hudson said.
“It hit like a punch in the gut and we knew exactly what it was like. We, like so many others, are members of a club we didn’t want to join.”
Hudson said he expects another mass shooting will happen again in the U.S.
“And I just feel so sad for them and angry and kind of resigned to the fact. I don’t think anything is going to change.”