MMA fight organizer Ultimate Fighting Championship will donate $1 million to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, said organization president Dana White.
A man identified as Stephen Paddock allegedly opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and shot at the open air concert across the Las Vegas strip, leaving at least 59 killed and more than 520 injured.
“At the end of the day, this is our city, we love this place,” said White to ESPN. “The first thing when we got up this morning, everybody, personally, got it together and made sure anybody they know or love was OK. Then we came in here and made sure all of our employees are OK.”
“Then you start thinking about this city, our hometown, and we felt we needed to do this. This is something we needed to do.”
The growing fight promoting company has hosted events in Las Vegas since 2001, when casino owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta bought UFC. Almost all of UFC’s events were held in the area, including this Saturday’s UFC 216.
“I grew up here,” explained White. “All my friends and the people I’ve worked with in the UFC for the last 17 years live here.”
White said he knows other companies who thrive in the zone will soon come out to help the victims too.
“Las Vegas has [other casino owners] Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn,” said White. “We have MGM Corporation and tons of other businesses that thrive in Las Vegas. We’ll take care of our own.”
According to reports, the man named as Paddock shot himself when authorities were closing in on him.