Total shock as nation reacts to most deadly mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas

  • President Trump and Nevada Governor Sandoval have offered their condolences
  • Over 50 dead and 200 injured in Sunday night shooting

Sunday night’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas that has left more than 58 people dead and over 500 injured has provoked an outpouring of grief throughout the US, with many notable personalities from the world of politics and entertainment offering their condolences.

The shootings happened near the Mandalay Bay Casino at about 10.10 pm local time, during the Route 91 Harvest festival.

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At a news conference, Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Police Department confirmed that the shooter had opened fire on crowds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay, killing at least 58 people and injuring over 500. He was using deadly automatic weapons.

He was named as a 64-year-old white man called Stephen Paddock, who lived locally in Mesquite, Nevada.

Local police and SWAT teams responded to the emergency and the suspect then took his own life as law enforcement closed in.

Horrific tragedy

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described the shooting as a ‘horrific tragedy’ and said that the White House was offering all necessary support to state and local officials. President Trump himself took to Twitter to offer condolences to the victims and families.

Nevada politicians have also reacted to the shooting, including Republican Senator Dean Heller, who offered his thoughts on Twitter.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval described the massacre as a ‘tragic and heinous act of violence’ and offered his prayers to the victims.

Former president Barack Obama also took to Twitter:

Heartbroken

Singer Jason Aldean was on stage at the Route 91 Festival when the shooting began. He confirmed that his crew members were safe, but said that he was ‘heartbroken’, posting a picture of Las Vegas on Instagram, with the caption: ‘tonight has been beyond horrific.’

Chris Young, who was also performing at the Festival, revealed on Twitter that he had clung to the floor of a trailer behind the stage when the shooting started:

‘Spent I don’t know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage… know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire…I’m not gonna say anything else other than I’m lucky to be alive. As are many others… and so many people are gone… this is heartbreaking’

Jake Owen, who was due to perform ahead of Aldean said that the massacre was ‘unimaginable’, while Celine Dion, who has a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas said on Twitter that she was praying for all the victims and their families.

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