On Sunday night a man identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The current estimates are 50 dead and 200 wounded. It is the worst mass shooting in the history of this country.
Las Vegas Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock and his roommate Marilou Danley. pic.twitter.com/wN3Dshbkdo
— Iraq War Vet 🇺🇸 (@Truth2point0) October 2, 2017
America is reeling from the worst mass shooting in its history after at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Police say the shooter was 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, described as a local man, who opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel shortly after 10pm.
Officers say Paddock was shot and killed after they breached a room in the hotel, where he had stashed an ‘arsenal’ of weapons used during the massacre.
Investigators are now raiding the Mesquite home he shared with Marilou Danley, described as his ‘companion’, who was detained for questioning in the early hours of Monday morning.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive.
President Donald Trump paid his respects on Monday morning after the shooting, writing on Twitter: ‘My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!’
Later, Paddock’s apartment was raided and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley was detained for questioning. Police say they have not yet discovered the motive for the shooting.
Terrifying footage from the scene shows concert-goers reacting with confusion and then panic as the festival turned into a bloodbath around them.
Video from close to the stage shows people hitting the floor as others crawl to safety or run for their lives. Audio from further back in the crowd captured several bursts of sustained automatic gunfire.
Witnesses said ‘hundreds’ of rounds of ammunition were emptied into the crowd, with Paddock stopping several times to reload as he carried out his massacre.
Among those shot dead at the concert were two off-duty police officers. Attendees said a large number of law enforcement and military personnel had been attending the show.
Two on-duty police officers who engaged the shooter have been hospitalized – one in critical condition, the other less-severely wounded. They have not been identified.
All of the ambulances in the area were been deployed to the location, and victims taken to two hospitals.
A witness described what happened:
Witness Breanna Hendricks, who was in Vegas celebrating her 21st birthday, said: ‘There was a lady who came running up behind us in the concert and she started to play with people’s hair acting crazy and she told us that we’re all going to f***ing die.
‘She said they’re all around us and we were going to die,’ continued Hendricks, whose mom Shawn Hendricks also witnessed the startling altercation.
‘She was Hispanic, probably about 5ft 5, brown hair. It felt like she had knowledge of what was about to happen, her and her boyfriend who was also Hispanic.
‘The woman was saying her boyfriend couldn’t breathe so they could get through the crowd.
‘It seemed she was telling us to either warn us or she was part of it and she was telling us because she knew we were going to die, it was so scary.’
It’s not clear whether what she witnessed is related to the shooting or not.
Here is the police briefing:
- Shooting, Attempted Theft in Paulding County, Suspects on the Run
- Police Shooting Victim Damond Called Police Twice, 911 Transcripts Show
- Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamation over editorial linking her to Giffords shooting
- Dem consultant responds to Scalise shooting with #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag
- Liberals, media set stage for shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise