Melinda Brockie and Travis Brockie. Photo: Travis Brockie
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Wife of Lummi Nation council member injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas





The wife of a leader of the Lummi Nation is recovering after being injured during a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Melinda Brockie and her husband, council member Travis Brockie, were at a concert when gunfire erupted on Sunday evening. Melinda underwent surgery after the shooting, according to a GoFundMe page set up on her family's behalf.

"We are very thankful for all of the love, support, and prayers being shared with the family as we try to understand how something this horrible could happen to such a beautiful soul," the page reads.

According to KING5 News, Melinda suffered a gunshot wound to the face. She and her husband have two children, the station reported.

The couple traveled to Las Vegas because Travis was scheduled to attend the Global Gaming Expo, which began on Monday. A significant number of tribal leaders and citizens were either on their way to the city or were already there when the shooting occurred.

“Our hearts and prayers are with her and her family and all the victims of the shooting,” Lummi Chairman Tim Ballew II told The Everett Herald.

The gaming conference is being held at Sands Expo, a convention center about 3 miles north of the shooting site. Attendees are staying throughout the city and some were locked down in their hotels while authorities responded to the chaotic scene, in which at least 58 people were killed by the gunman and hundreds more were injured.

“We didn't even go to the conference,” Cassie Molkentin, a citizen of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, told WLUK. “We didn't go check in. We're not going to.”

Michael Starr, the CEO of Comanche Nation Entertainment, witnessed the shooting and its aftermath, News on 6 reported. He happened to be pulling up to his hotel, which is located by the shooting site, when he heard gunfire.

"We saw people laying on the ground, literally, trying to huddle up against a wall for fear they were going to be shot," Starr told the station. His hotel was locked down for nearly six hours, he said.

The gaming conference concludes on Thursday.

Read More on the Story:
Everett woman’s friend ‘came running up with tears in her eyes’ (The Everett Herald October 3, 2017)
Lummi Nation member shot at Las Vegas festival, expected to survive (KING5 News October 2, 2017)
Lummi Nation member among the injured in Las Vegas shooting (The Bellingham Herald October 2, 2017)
Local tribal members attending gaming conference safe in Vegas (WLUK October 3, 2017)
Oklahoma Tribal Leader Witnesses Vegas Shooting (News on 6 October 3, 2017)

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