[UPDATE 6:11 a.m.] Mass Shooting in Las Vegas Tonight–Believed to Be largest in Modern US History
UPDATE: At least fifty people are dead and over 400 wounded following a mass shooting at a crowd of concertgoers. Scroll down to the 6:03 a.m. update from Las Vegas Police.
Tonight, about 10:08 p.m., a shooter or possibly shooters injured an unknown amount of concertgoers outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The incident occurred at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival during a performance by country singer Jason Aldean. Reportedly shots were fired from an upper floor of the nearby hotel at concertgoers.
Below is footage from the incident.
Terrifying scene as concert goers attend to injured while gunman opens fire at Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/3bisNIjur2
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 2, 2017
According to the Las Vegas airport’s Twitter account, “Flights in and out of
@LASairport have been temporarily halted…”
UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: According to the Las Vegas police on Twitter, “one suspect is down.”
The Twitter account of Chase Stevens shows a victim being taken away from the scene in a wheelbarrow.
— Chase Stevens (@CSStevensphoto) October 2, 2017
UPDATE 12:41 a.m.: The Las Vegas Police just issued another tweet. This one states, “At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters.”
UPDATE 1:35 a.m.: According to a live press conference with the Las Vegas Police, There are “Well in the excess of 100 injured..in excess of 20 dead…The primary aggressor is dead.” Later he said he believed the man was a “lone wolf.” Two officers injured.
UPDATE 1:41 a.m.: People are still being asked to shelter in place.
UPDATE 6:03 a.m.: At least 50 dead and over 400 wounded in what is believed to be the largest mass shooting in modern US history. The Las Vegas issued the following press release at approximately 5:30 a.m.:
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the lone suspect involved in the latenight mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada.
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out. LVMPD SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the suspect dead.
The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting. Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.
This is still an active investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.
LVMPD and Clark County Coroner’s Office have set up a hotline for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this incident. The hotline is only to take reports on missing people. The number is (866) 535-5654. LVMPD also opened up a family reunification center at its headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd. in Building B.
The identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for patience…
UPDATE 6:11 a.m.: More information on what some concertgoers went through at the following story: Former Willow Creek Resident Shelters People Fleeing From Las Vegas Shooter