One Minnesotan Dead, Another Critically Injured in Vegas Shooting
LAS VEGAS – One Minnesota man is dead and another critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. The incident killed 59 people and injured 527 others; it was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Minnesota native, Philip Aurich, living in Las Vegas was among the more than 500 injured, according to his alma mater, Concordia Academy in Roseville. Aurich is in critical condition at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Aurich graduated in 1999 from Concordia Academy, where his father, Mike, was a longtime teacher and athletic director. The school learned he was wounded from Aurich’s brother Ben, according to a school spokesman. Aurich currently works in Las Vegas as an area president at First Option Mortgage.
Steve Berger, of Shorewood, Minnesota, a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was one of the fallen in this mass shooting. The 44-year-old had been at the Route 91 Harvest Day Festival celebrating his birthday with friends. Reports indicate that a friend with him saw Berger get hit, but was lost among the chaos. His death was confirmed Tuesday by a family friend, according to Fox 9.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.