Son of former CHEK News anchor Hudson Mack injured in Las Vegas mass shooting

Son of former CHEK News anchor Hudson Mack injured in Las Vegas mass shooting

Former CHEK News anchor Hudson Mack posted this picture of Sheldon on Facebook. Sheldon is recovering after he was shot in the Las Vegas attack.

A 21-year-old Victoria man who was celebrating his birthday was injured in Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Sheldon Mack, the son of former CHEK News anchor Hudson Mack, was shot when a gunman opened fire on a large crowd near the end of an outdoor country music festival on the Vegas Strip.

Hudson said his son had surgery overnight for an abdominal wound and is now recovering in the intensive care unit. He was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to celebrate his birthday with his friend and his friend’s brother.

On Monday afternoon, Sheldon tweeted that he suffered two gunshot wounds, a ruptured colon and broken forearm.

“So much evil in this world, thanking god for watching over me,” Sheldon tweeted.

Hudson later posted to Facebook that the family had arrived in Las Vegas and were at Sheldon’s bedside. He said Sheldon is doing well after his emergency surgery and he thanked everyone for their kind messages and words of support.

“We were relieved to see this sight of him when we walked into the ICU, and when we saw his tweets after we landed,” Hudson said in the post.

“He helped others last night while the shooting was happening.”

Everyone. Thank you so much for your many kind messages and words of support for Sheldon. We have now all arrived in Las…

Posted by Hudson Mack on Monday, October 2, 2017

Hudson said Sheldon’s friends, Liam and Cole, helped him and an unknown individual brought Sheldon to an ambulance.

“Whoever you are, thank you. He was hit twice, in the forearm and abdomen. The prognosis is good,” Hudson said in post.

“Sheldon is strong. He may be ready to tell his story soon. But for now, he needs to rest and recover. And as we pull together as a family and thank God he’s going to be okay, our hearts break for the families of the people who were killed and the many others who were wounded. Please keep them in your hearts.”

At least 59 people were killed and at least 527 were injured in the mass shooting. The gunman, identified by the police as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was found dead in his hotel room at Mandalay Bay. Local authorities said as many as 10 guns were found in the hotel room.

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Two Canadians were among the dead: Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C. and 34-year-old Jessica Klymchuk, who was from Alberta. Two Manitoba women are also in a Las Vegas hospital after being shot on Sunday night.

Premier John Horgan released a statement, calling the Las Vegas attack “horrifying and incomprehensible.” He also said flags at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria and at the provincial government building in Maple Ridge will be flown at half-mast Monday to honour McIldoon.

“To Jordan’s family, and the family and friends of all those who have lost their lives, we offer our condolences and support,” Horgan said in the statement.

The premier also thanked first responders who were in Las Vegas at the time of the shooting.

“When dark acts seek to shake our faith in humanity, we look to those who have come forward to help. Their selfless acts of heroism are what build the strong and caring communities we all want to be a part of.”

With files from The Canadian Press and CBC

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