Uber offers free rides, Lyft suspends surge pricing in Las Vegas after deadly mass shooting

In the chaotic wake of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, Uber and Lyft have altered their prices in Las Vegas so people could exit the chaos without being charged exorbitant fees.

The swift moves come after ride services have been criticized in the past for price gouging in the aftermath of disaster.

According to a statement, Uber waived all fares "around the affected area" on Sunday night and continues to offer free rides for some shooting-related trips.

Lyft announced it had suspended its "Prime Time" surge functionality in Las Vegas

After Uber was criticized for massive surge pricing in the wake of the June 2017 London and September 2016 New York City terror attacks, they issued refunds to all victims who were affected by surge pricing, attempting to send a strong message that victims should feel comfortable turning to Uber in times of emergency. 

In January, both Uber and Lyft were criticized for high prices after travel ban protests at JFK left travelers stranded without an affordable way to get home, though much of the public's ire focused on Uber. The high prices inspired the hashtag campaign #DeleteUber.

Both Uber and Lyft have received positive responses on social media for stepping up, while drivers and citizens have offered to drive for free or pay for rides.

President Donald Trump has expressed condolences to shooting victims on Twitter, and called for unity in a speech Monday.

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Co-founder of the Women's March Bob Bland took to Facebook, sharing, "NRA = American ISIS."
The NRA wants to pass a bill allowing the legal purchase of silencers. People ducked and ran in Las Vegas because of the sound of gunfire.
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.
How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There's no excuse for inaction.
To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers. None of this ends unless we do something to stop it.
I await your proposal to rescind Kentucky's laws banning assault, murder and arson. One of government's core funct… https://t.co/q6pySIpAhs
These are weapons intentionally designed to kill as many people as efficiently as possible. Why is anyone shocked this keeps happening?

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said in a statement on Monday:

"We are heartbroken by the lives lost. We are heartbroken for their families and loved ones. We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation. If the Republican leadership of Congress and this President continue with their moral and intellectual abandon, California has and must continue to chart the path of rationality."

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) released a statement on Facebook Monday, saying, “We cannot simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary purpose is to kill the largest number of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of gun violence and work together, now, to curb it.”

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Hey @NRA you stupid assholes How many innoncent people & animals have to die before you admit to helpling murderers WE ARE YOUR KIDS
Can we discuss the loss of rights of people going to a concert because of the lack of assault rifle regulations?
I am at a loss watching Las Vegas. My only thought is that amount of rounds in automatic rifle should not be available or made or allowed.
This tragedy would not have happened with a revolver. Don't tell me civilians need these clips or silencers. They d… https://t.co/UYIrte3S0V
50+ souls. Hundreds injured. 1 terroristic psychotic with an absurdly powerful weapon. Pure madness. Get these weap… https://t.co/K69lJbV5YM
As we grieve for the victims in Las Vegas, let's resolve to stop mass shootings in America – and back up our words with actions.
I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. https://t.co/nTTslSPvfb

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