MN native among victims injured in Las Vegas mass shooting

Other Minnesotans witnessed the attack as well.
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On Monday morning, Farmington, Minnesota, resident Ben Aurich shared some shocking news on his Facebook profile: his brother, Philip, was one of the people shot in Las Vegas. 

"Please say a prayer for my brother," he wrote in the post. "He was shot last night in the terrorist attack. He is out of surgery and in critical condition."

Philip Aurich currently lives in Nevada, and even posted some pictures from the Route 91 Harvest Festival – where country singer Jason Aldean was performing when rapid gunfire rang out Sunday night, killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500 others. 

In his statement on the tragedy, Gov. Mark Dayton asked for "special prayers" for Aurich and his family. 

His alma mater, Concordia Academy in Roseville, also issued a statement asking for prayers for the father of two:

Aurich was not the only Minnesotan there. A Cold Spring woman named Taylor Dumbrovski told KARE 11 she was at the concert with her fiance, brother, and sister-in-law. 

"We could see what looked like firecrackers going off into the crowd and it just kept going and then we realized it was gunfire coming at us," she told the station. 

Luckily, she and the rest of her party were able to escape to safety.

A number of other Minnesotans who experienced the massacre – including Twin Cities country DJ Katie Toupal, of BUZ'N 102.9 told the Pioneer Press about their harrowing experiences. 

Meanwhile, former University of North Dakota baseball star Andrew Gudmunson, of Minot, was also among those injured, the Forum reports

The paper says he's had one surgery, but "more are ahead."

The latest on the attack

As of this writing, the confirmed death toll in the mass shooting is 58, while 515 people were injured.

The suspect has been identified as as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Nevada. He's believed to have opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. 

He was found dead in the hotel room after police broke down the door, CNN reports

Investigations are underway now. You can read more here

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