Las Vegas - Nevada
Facts are still pouring in about Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in United States’ history. As of right now, 50 people are confirmed dead and over 400 have suffered injuries from the attack. The gunman has been identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired man from Mesquite, Nevada.
The shooting took place during Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aldean was immediately taken offstage as people realized something was wrong. Then, witnesses shared that concert goers “hit the floor” and the gunfire seemingly lasted forever.
According to NBC News, Paddock acted alone. He did so from the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay hotel.
Officers found Paddock dead in his hotel room, and Las Vegas Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told CNN that officers found at least eight weapons in Paddock’s possession.
At least one responding police officer was killed and several other officers were injured during their raid on Paddock.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a press conference that officials are currently attempting to figure out Paddock’s motive. The Washington Postreports that police have located Paddocks’ “traveling companion,” Marilou Danley, and currently, have her in questioning.
Local hospitals are full of injured victims, and the death toll is expected to rise. If you’re in the Las Vegas area, check out your local clinics here to donate blood to victims who need it.
We’re sending our prayers and thoughts to every single person affected by this immense, unnecessary tragedy, and holding our loved ones close today.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 wounded when a gunman opened fire at an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Authorities have identified the suspected gunman in the Sunday night shooting as Stephen Paddock. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said officers confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. Paddock is dead.
Previously, the deadliest mass shooting had been an attack at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub that killed 49. Before that, the deadliest shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech, in which a student killed 32 people before killing himself.