A gunman morphed a Las Vegas concert into a war zone Sunday night, murdering at least 50 people and injuring more than 200 others in a scene of complete chaos. It is the deadliest shooting modern United States history.
FIFTY dead and 200 injured as gunman with terrifying arsenal of weapons opens fire on packed Vegas music festival from 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel: Shooter killed and ‘companion’ caught
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Updated 12:30PM EST10/2
At least 58 people have been killed and 515 injured after a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada
The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, who opened fire from a 32nd floor room of Mandalay Bay Hotel after 10pm Sunday night
Police say they breached Paddock’s room and found him dead inside alongside an ‘arsenal’ of weapons
Cops located his girlfriend Marilou Danley for questioning, but don’t believe she’s involved in the shooting
Paddock was reportedly going through a divorce at the time
He had been staying in Las Vegas since September 28
Paddock was retired and came to Las Vegas often to gamble, his brother said
It’s the deadliest shooting in U.S. history – eclipsing last year’s massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida
The suspect, who was killed by police, was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite.
Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock’s roommate, Marilou Danley, as “person of interest.” Authorities later made contact with her, and “do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the dead gunman is believed to have checked in as a hotel guest, but did not immediately reveal a motive.
Authorities said two on-duty Las Vegas Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured during shooting. One in stable condition after surgery, and the other sustained minor injuries. Two off-duty police officers attending the concert were killed.
President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre, saying “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
The gunman, who fired down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, was killed by police.
Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that Paddock “was known to local authorities” in Vegas, and multiple weapons were found in his hotel room.
At this time, federal officials do not see any connection to international terrorism and little is known about Paddock’s motivation, sources said.
Authorities first received calls about an active shooting at about 10:08 p.m. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunfire erupted.
Aldean was performing his last song of the night. Initially, those in attendance said they thought the sound was firecrackers. But as the shots continued, Aldean stopped singing and some concertgoers could be heard yelling to each other to get down.
One witness told KSVN that he heard “hundreds of shots.” The gunfire was rapid and reportedly confused with firecrackers.
“It sounded like a machine gun,” one vendor told Fox News. “It sounded like more than one machine gun.”
Authorities said law enforcement swarmed the hotel and killed the gunman in a room on the 32nd floor. Responding officers used an explosive device to force the door open into the room to shoot Paddock dead, law enforcement officials told Fox News.
Country singer Jake Owen, who performed before Aldean, told Fox News the gunfire was “non-stop.”
“You couldn’t tell where it was coming from. It was loud and non-stop,” he said.
Some concertgoers stayed behind to offer help to those around them.
“Everybody I saw breathing, I helped,” a concertgoer told Fox News.
Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.
“It was the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Yazzie told the Associated Press. “You could hear that the noise was coming from west of us, from Mandalay Bay. You could see a flash- flash- flash- flash.”
As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, Yazzie took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.
“This was obviously well-planned, they waited for a major, open air event, and obtained a room facing it,” retired FBI special agent and former national FBI spokesman John Iannarelli, who drove past the scene of the event just moments before the shooting took place, told Fox News. “I can see the flashing blue police lights from my hotel window.”
Iannarelli added that the suspect “probably had inside help” from the girlfriend in the room, making her a “criminal accomplice.”
“They were well-trained,” Iannarelli said, noting the use of automatic weapons. “That’s not an easy task.”
Iannarelli added that the two used “expensive guns and ammunition.”
Terrifying footage from the scene shows concert-goers reacting with confusion and then panic as the festival turned into a bloodbath around them.
Video from close to the stage shows people hitting the floor as others crawl to safety or run for their lives. Audio from further back in the crowd captured several bursts of sustained automatic gunfire.
Witnesses said ‘hundreds’ of rounds of ammunition were emptied into the crowd, with Paddock stopping several times to reload as he carried out his massacre.
Among those shot dead at the concert were two off-duty police officers. Attendees said a large number of law enforcement and military personnel had been attending the show.
Two on-duty police officers who engaged the shooter have been hospitalized. One of the officers was critically injured, but is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery. The other officer suffered minor injuries. Neither have been identified.
All of the ambulances in the area were been deployed to the location, and victims taken to two hospitals.
Iannarelli noted that FBI and police are going to speak with every friend and relative, and are conducting forensic review of the suspects’ computers and phones.
The shooting at the sold-out Route 91 Harvest festival was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Forty-nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.
Sunday night’s shooting came more than four months after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. Almost 90 people were killed by gunmen inspired by Islamic State terror group at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during a performance by Eagles of Death Metal in November 2015.
Hotel guests staying at the Mandalay Bay said they were woken by SWAT teams bursting into their rooms.
Brad Baker, 38, of Austin, Texas, was in Las Vegas for a conference. ‘I think it [the shooter] was on my floor,’ he said. ‘When they [the police] came into my room, I was totally out – I thought I was in trouble!
‘They yelled at me like, “Get some clothes on.” I got my shirt on but I left my phone, my wallet. When I came out of my room, they were telling us to run. I saw all the cops with guns. It was crazy.
‘I saw them run up the stairs – there were maybe like six people [police] on our floor. I was on the 32nd floor – they’re saying the guy was like four rooms down from me.’
Another witness said he was in the room next to the gunman when he opened fire.
‘I was in room 135 and I heard over the police scanner that the shooting came from room 137,’ said the man, who asked not to be named.
‘It was non-stop, I would say well over 100 rounds. We hit the floor and took cover. I called the front desk and she was remarkably calm and said she was aware of the situation and told us to stay in our room.
‘After around 10-15 minutes it just kind of stopped. You could smell the gun powder. Right before we got out I heard an explosion, maybe a flashbang, but windows were blown out.
‘The cops came on to the floor and they were clearing rooms room by room and six or seven cops came into our room and we were evacuated.’
Several sources were used including Fox News, Dailymail Footage, and the Associated Press.
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