- Shooting took place near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night in deadliest mass shooting in recent US history
- Police confirm that Stephen Paddock, aged 64, the shooter
- Shooter killed himself as law enforcement closed in
- Automatic weapons used in gun attack, as scenes described as carnage
- FBI categorically rules out any connection to terror group ISIS
At least 58 people are now believed to have died in a Las Vegas shooting and more than 500 are injured in what has now been described as deadliest mass shooting in US history.
The gunman, named by police as Stephen Paddock, aged 64, shot indiscriminately from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at an open air concert crowd.
FBI special agent says law enforcement has found no connection between Las Vegas gunman & international terror group https://t.co/mzv4GkdjSB
— CNN (@CNN) October 2, 2017
It is believed he had automatic weapons, and simply kept his finger on the trigger as bullets rained down on the crowd.
The incident took place on Sunday night at about 10.08pm local time during the performances on the last night of the popular Route 91 Harvest Festival, which has taken place on a 15-acre site across Las Vegas Boulevard from the casino resort. The concert featured country singer Jason Aldean.
Of the injured, some are in a critical condition, meaning the death toll is expected to rise.
Video shows #LasVegas concert-goers taking cover amid gunfire
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 2, 2017
According to initial reporting, there were multiple shooters firing indiscriminately from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, but Las Vegas Police Department quickly moved to confirmed through its Twitter account that just one suspect was dead and that they did not believe that there were any other attackers.
As SWAT teams closed in on the hotel room, Paddock is believed to have killed himself.
At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters. More information to come shortly from @Sheriff_LVMPD.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
FBI SWAT teams along with SWAT units from Henderson, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas were called to the scene, and most roads surrounding the area were shut down. Flights bound for McCarran International Airport were being held as officials reconfigured the flight path to avoid the risk of airplanes being targeted.
According to a reporter at the scene, people could be seen running away from one casino entrance into the hotel’s ground floor parking garage. Video footage of the incident shows bursts of gunfire crackling in the air as people fled, and in the confusion, some bystanders appeared to think that the noise was caused by fireworks
Footage shows the moment the sound of gunfire stops a Las Vegas concert. There are reports of multiple injuries pic.twitter.com/y5x0bA1F8N
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 2, 2017
Injured victims were sent to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital Medical Center and officials at University said that they were treating scores of people with gunshot wounds.
Two tourists from Orange County had been watching the performances at the festival when the shooting began and said that they had been forced to take shelter underneath their seats as the gunfire from the direction of Mandalay Bay was so relentless.
Jason Aldean, who was performing, had this to say on Instagram.
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Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate
No connection to ISIS, claims FBI
Terror group ISIS has communicated that it was responsible for the attack and that Paddock was one of its ‘soldiers’ who had been recruited ‘months ago’.
The FBI has moved swiftly to quash the claims – stating there was no connection whatsoever.
Time for calm, solidarity and healing
President Trump has already made a statement and posted a message of support on Twitter.
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 emergency services, politicians, and various communities are going to need to set about the long process of healing. MGM Resorts has called on counsellors for support.
We are in need of certified trauma counselors. pic.twitter.com/3xDxW7Pa6V
— MGM Resorts (@MGMResortsIntl) October 2, 2017
While the call for blood stocks has been well and truly answered.
— Bridget Bennett (@bridgetkbennett) October 2, 2017
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