October 2, 2017

Assistance for Victims of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting in Las Vegas

The FBI is assisting the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with investigating the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017. Crimes can have a devastating effect on victims and their families who may need assistance coping with the impact. Providing information and assistance to victims of a shooting is a vitally important part of our response.

The FBI’s Victim Services Division (formerly the Office for Victim Assistance) provides emergency assistance to victims of mass violence crimes due to its extensive experience in responding to victims of these crimes.

If you were injured in or witnessed the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, you may be eligible for certain services and rights, such as special funding to provide emergency assistance, crime victims compensation, and counseling. Additional information about these resources can be found below.

Vegas Strong Resiliency Center

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is open as a resource and referral location to provide transitional support for victims of the October 1 incident at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. On-site services include:

  • Victim advocacy and support
  • Case management
  • Counseling and spiritual care referrals
  • Technical assistance accessing online resources

Address, hours, contact information, and additional resources can be found at www.VegasStrongRC.org

Las Vegas Victims’ Fund

All victim assistance funded through individual charitable contributions will be handled through the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which is being administered by the National Compassion Fund. Please visit the following links for additional information and to complete the contact form. As soon as information is available regarding eligibility and distribution of the charitable donations that have been collected for victims, an e-mail will be sent to everyone who has signed up for National Compassion Fund information alerts.

Recovered Belongings

The FBI and its partners are making every effort to connect individuals who attended the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival with belongings recovered at the venue following the incident on October 1, 2017.

We understand that some of these items may be very important to you. We have worked with a company to professionally catalog and photograph each item that was recovered and has yet to be associated and/or returned to the rightful owner. Due to the large volume of items left behind, this process has taken many months to complete.

At this time, the process of returning items has begun. Those individuals that reported lost items have been contacted via email or letter. If you have not received communication from the FBI regarding your items left behind, please email LVFestivalAssist@fbi.gov.

Please note that while the FBI collected numerous belongings found at the venue, we believe there are many others that were not recovered and are not in FBI possession. Lawn chairs, straw hats, and vendor giveaways will not be returned. In addition, perishable items including medications, cosmetics, and food items that cannot be properly cleaned will also not be returned. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We ask for your patience in the coming months as we process a large volume of claims. Once ownership is verified and items are ready for return, individuals will receive a notification about the process to have their items returned directly.

If you need additional information, please email the FBI’s Victim Services Division at LVFestivalAssist@fbi.gov. Please note that this email is for victims of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting only. This email should not be used to submit tips or leads. We appreciate your cooperation.