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Posted: October 10, 2017

Victims collect items left behind after Las Vegas massacre

Victims Recover Belongings From Scene Of Las Vegas Shooting

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Victims collect items left behind after Las Vegas massacre
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, investigators work among thousands of personal items at a festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Friends and relatives of the victims and other concert-goers who survived returned Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, to reclaim baby strollers, shoes, phones, backpacks and purses left behind in the panic as they fled, at a Family Assistance Center at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LAS VEGAS —

It has been more than a week since a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and victims and their families are now able to collect the items that were left behind when people ran for their lives.

The shooting claimed the lives of 58 people and injured about 500. 

And as concertgoers tried to run as shots rang out, they left behind nearly everything. 

Now those items are able to be returned to those who left them, or the family members of those who lost their lives.

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The area where thousands of items like lawn chairs, purses and cellphones were left is being protected from the media to allow those who are trying to claim their possessions to do so in private, KVVU reported.

The effort to return property comes after FBI investigators dug through the crime scene, sorting evidence from the items and transporting them to a convention center, The Associated Press reported.

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People are able to get in to retrieve the items, based on where they were seated before the shooting, specifically the area west of the stage, the handicapped accessible area and inside and in front of the VIP tent. The bleacher seating to the east of the stage is also included, The AP reported.

Being reunited with the items had some victims smiling, while others cried remembering that night, some taking a moment to hug the FBI agents and Red Cross volunteers who are there, The AP reported.

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