GoFundMe campaign for Las Vegas shooting victims surpasses $3 million

A wounded person is walked in on a wheelbarrow as Las Vegas police respond during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Stirp in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A GoFundMe account set up to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting surpassed $3 million Tuesday morning.

The campaign started out with a goal of $500,000. As the donations keep coming in, the goal keeps climbing.

Now, Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas who started the fundraiser, hopes to reach $3.5 million.

Sisolak said he was inspired to help after spending Sunday night at his county’s only level-one trauma center.

The GoFundMe account has been shared more than 193,000 times on social media since it launched.

Law enforcement officials said 59 people were killed and 527 people were injured when a sniper opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival featuring performers like Jason Aldean.

As people look for ways to help victims, the Better Business Bureau is warning people to make sure their money is going where it should be.

States like Nevada and Oregon require charities to register with the justice department. That means any legitimate charity can be looked up on the state justice website. The BBB has a website dedicated to helping donors.

The Mayor of Las Vegas has sent out a call for blood donations in the wake of the shooting. Hundreds have answered, lining up outside American Red Cross donation cites across the city.

They identified the gunman as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada. Police found his body in the room he was shooting from in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Investigators believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

If you want to donate to Sisolak's fund, click here.

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