UFC 216 in Las Vegas to occur as scheduled despite shooting

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Ultimate Fighting Championship’s pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will occur on Saturday night as scheduled despite a deadly shooting that left 59 people dead at nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the organization said.

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“Our focus right now is on supporting the community and those affected by Sunday evening's events. UFC 216 on Saturday, October 7 at T-Mobile Arena will proceed as scheduled until further notice,” UFC said in a statement.

Additionally, UFC President Dana White said the organization will donate $1 million toward the families of the shooting’s victims, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. UFC 216’s main event features an interim lightweight title match between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.

MGM Resorts International owns both T-Mobile Arena and Mandalay Bay. The entertainment company’s shares sank in trading Monday in the hours after the incident.

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Authorities say a gunman, identified as Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire Sunday night on attendees of an outdoor country music festival from a 32nd floor window, killing 59 and injuring more than 500 others.

Paddock died of a self-inflicted gunshot at the scene. Police have yet to publicly reveal a potential motive for the shooting, which is the deadliest such incident in U.S. history.

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