At Least 50 Dead and 400 Injured After Deadly Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
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Late Sunday evening on the Las Vegas strip, a gunman shot from the balcony of a high rise hotel down at people attending a country music festival. At least 50 people have been confirmed dead and at least another 200 have been injured in the Las Vegas shooting.
That death toll makes this latest mass shooting the deadliest in US history, replacing the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.
Police said an estimated 406 people were taken to area hospitals after the Las Vegas shooting.
The shooting occurred while country musician Jason Aldean was performing for a crowd of 40,000 at the outdoor arena next to the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock, was later found dead by officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a news briefing.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,’ Lombardo said. ”Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”
Paddock’s brother, Eric, told Reuters that the family was stunned by what happened.
“We have no idea,” Eric Paddock told the news agency. “We’re horrified. We’re bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims. We have no idea in the world.”
Officers determined that the gunfire was coming from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and they engaged Paddock there. Paddock was found dead in his hotel room by Las Vegas SWAT officers who responded to the call about the shooting, police said, and they believe he killed himself shortly before they arrived.
“It’s a devastating time,” Lombardo said. “We have responded to the scene, and we’re doing the best we can to provide safety to the survivors.”
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences” to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families.
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
Aldean posted about the shooting on Instagram.
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
Before yesterday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed after gunman Oma Mateen opened fire during a Saturday night Latinx dance party and drag show.