Police say “in excess” of 50 people were killed when a gunman shot into a crowded music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Las Vegas rooftop sniper has been shot dead, with little known about him other than he was a white male from Las Vegas. But police are also looking for 2 other people as well. They are Marilou and Geary Danly, a married couple with ties to the anti-Trump Resist movement and Obama’s Organizing For America group. This a developing story and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
UPDATED 11:33 AM – ISIS now claims responsibility for the attack, says shooter was “recent convert to Islam“…
UPDATED 09:36 AM – In a statement, police said 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.”
UPDATED 09:13 AM – Shooter was on 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, not on the rooftop as originally reported. Reports now coming in of a woman in the concert audience shouting out to people that “they were all going to die” moments before shots started. We now also know that shooter Stephen Paddock had been in the hotel as a guest since last Thursday, presumably taking all that time to prepare a war room from which to attack. So it would appear that the attack was well planned out and methodical.
Las Vegas Metro police identified 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the gunman in the mass shooting. Police confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino after the barrage of shots were fired Sunday night. He was killed by police.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock is believed to be the lone shooter. Police said he lived in Mesquite, Nevada, which is located outside of Las Vegas. Police also said they have located a person of interest, Marilou Danley, who was identified as Paddock’s roommate.
More than 200 people were wounded in the shooting.
Among those killed were two off-duty officers attending the concert, said Lombardo. An officer working at the event was critically injured and another was wounded, according to the sheriff.
Police stated the city’s largest hospital, University Medical Center, is at capacity with other trauma units taking in the overflow. Fleeing attendees were also being picked up on buses and being sent to UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center arena for shelter.
Video from festival attendees showed hundreds of people fleeing the area. The shooting took place as country artist Jason Aldean performed on stage.
ABC News reported people were fleeing to the nearby airfield at McCarran Airport as the chaos took place. Witnesses reported hearing possibly hundreds of shots fired in rapid succession. Multiple ambulances were flooding the area to help victims.
A temporary groundstop was initiated for Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport for departing and arriving flights.
There were reports of active shooters at other hotels on the Strip, but those were not confirmed by authorities and it was not immediately clear if the reports were a result of the mass chaos in the area.
Las Vegas Metro police offered a hotline for families who are looking for their loved ones. That hotline is at 1-866-535-5654. source
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