– Police say 50 plus people are dead, over 409 injured
– Witnesses reported automatic gunfire coming from the hotel onto the festival and police cars below
– Shooter was ‘down’ at around 12:38am according to the Police, search has been launched for female companion
– Shooter was killed in a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay
– Musician Jason Aldean was performing when the gunfire began; he and his team are confirmed safe
– Rumors of other shooters and explosives that emerged after the shooting were all false, police said
At least 50 people- including two police officers- have been killed and more than 409 others injured after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas in the worst mass shooting in modern US history. There were 30,000 people in attendance at the event.
The gunman, perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Strip, opened fire on concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival during a set by country music star Jason Aldean, sparking panic among thousands of people who screamed and ran for their lives.
Swat teams quickly descended on the concert and the casino, and officers used explosives to get into the hotel room and confront the suspect.
The gunman, who died at the scene, was identified as Las Vegas resident Stephen Paddock. A motive is not immediately clear.
Police confirmed that he was killed at about 12:38am and they believed there were no more shooters. Reports of shootings at other locations were unfounded, police said.
The shooter was killed after cops breached at the Mandalay Bay with explosives.
Police are now looking for a woman named Marilou Danley, whom they believe may have information that could help their investigation.
Speaking at a press conference early Monday morning, police said that they did not believe there were any more active shooters, and that claims of other explosive devices and suspicious cars were just rumors that emerged in the chaos after the shooting.
The shooter now identified as Stephen Paddock was a local man.
Police are now seeking a woman named Marilou Danley whom they believe to have information they need. She is described as an Asian woman, around four feet 11 inchest tall and weighing 111lbs.
She and the shooter are said to be roommates or companions; their precise relationship has not been explained.
They are also trying to locate two vehicles that they say belonged to the shooter: a Hyundai Tucson, license plate 114 B40, and a Chrysler Pacfica, license plate 19D 401.
They advised everyone in the area to continue sheltering in place until their safety can be guaranteed.
Two police officers who engaged the shooter have been hospitalized – one in critical condition, one less severely wounded. They have not been identified.
At least two other police officers are believed to have died in the crowds, having attended the music festival while off duty.
All of the ambulances in the area had been deployed to the location, and victims taken to two hospitals.
President Donald Trump extended his condolences to the victims.
Recent US shootings
April 18, 2017 Kori Ali Muhammad shoots dead three people before being arrested by police and charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
June. 12, 2016 Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Feb. 25, 2016: Cedric Ford, 38, killed three people and wounded 14 others lawnmower factory where he worked in the central Kansas community of Hesston. The local police chief killed him during a shootout with 200 to 300 workers still in the building, authorities said.
– Feb. 20, 2016: Jason Dalton, 45, is accused of randomly shooting and killing six people and severely wounding two others during a series of attacks over several hours in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area. Authorities say he paused between shootings to make money as an Uber driver. He faces murder and attempted murder charges.
– Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding more than 20. They fled the scene but died hours later in a shootout with police.
– Oct. 1, 2015: A shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, left 10 people dead and seven wounded. Shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, exchanged gunfire with police, then killed himself.
– June 17, 2015: Dylann Roof, 21, shot and killed nine African-American church members during a Bible study group inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Police contend the attack was racially motivated. Roof faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes.
– May 23, 2014: A community college student, Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in the area near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus. Authorities said he apparently shot himself dead after a gun battle with deputies.
– Sept. 16, 2013: Aaron Alexis, a mentally disturbed civilian contractor, shot 12 people dead at the Washington Navy Yard before he was killed in a police shootout.
– July 26, 2013: Pedro Vargas, 42, went on a shooting rampage at his Hialeah, Florida, apartment building, gunning down six people before officers fatally shot him.
– Dec. 14, 2012: In Newtown, Connecticut, an armed 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 26 people, including 20 first graders and six adult school staff members. He then killed himself.
– Sept. 27, 2012: In Minnesota’s deadliest workplace rampage, Andrew Engeldinger, who had just been fired, pulled a gun and fatally shot six people, including the company’s founder. He also wounded two others at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis before taking his own life.
– Aug. 5, 2012: In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 40-year-old gunman Wade Michael Page killed six worshippers at a Sikh Temple before killing himself.
– July 20, 2012: James Holmes, 27, fatally shot 12 people and injured 70 in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
– April 2, 2012: Seven people were killed and three were wounded when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California. One Goh was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, but psychiatric evaluations concluded he suffered from long-term paranoid schizophrenia and was unfit to stand trial.US
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