What we know about the Las Vegas shooting

Key information about the attack that left at least 58 dead and scores injured at a festival near the Mandalay Bay casino

  • At least 59 people have been killed and at least 527 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. A gunman fired on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas from an overlooking hotel.
  • Police have named the suspect as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old local man. They believe he shot and killed himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.
  • At least 17 guns were found in his hotel room, according to official statements from law enforcement officials.
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Broken windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. Photograph: John Locher/AP
  • An additional 18 firearms, explosives and several thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at the suspects home in Mesquite, Nevada, officials said after authorities executed a search warrant early on Monday morning. Police are preparing to raid another property of the suspect in Reno, Nevada.
  • The FBI says Paddock had no known links to any international terror groups, and was believed to have acted alone.
  • Marilou Danley, a 62-year-old Australian woman identified as Paddocks room-mate and elsewhere as his girlfriend, was initially named as a person of interest, but police later said she was out of the country at the time of the attack and cleared her of any involvement.
  • Paddocks brother said Stephen had no background with weapons. No religious affiliation, no political affiliation, he just hung out, he told television networks. Hes just a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.
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  • Concertgoers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel and videos of the aftermath show hundreds of people fleeing in panic as the gunfire continued. About 22,000 people were attending the festival.
  • Jason Aldean, the country music singer who was performing when the shooting took place, described the scene as beyond horrific. He said he and his crew were safe, but added: It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.
  • Some flights have resumed at the citys McCarran airport after all planes were temporarily grounded on Sunday evening.
  • Donald Trump addressed the shootings from the White House Monday morning:

My fellow Americans. we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief. Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/02/las-vegas-shooting-what-we-know-so-far

Author: Billy Roland

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