On Sunday, October 1st, a gunman opened fire on people attending a country music concert at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people, and injuring over 500 people, in what is now the largest mass shooting in US history.
The Las Vegas police department tracked down suspect Stephen Paddock, age 64, who is now dead. He began opening fire on the country music fans around 10:08 pm and continued to do so for well over an hour and a half. People were forced to hop gates, and flee as the gunman continued to fire at the concert grounds.
The gunfire came from Stephen Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Resort Hotel, where authorities used a controlled explosion to open the door, where Paddock was later killed. There is no word on whether or not his actions had any political or religious background, but authorities attribute his motives toward mental illness.
At least one off-duty police officer was killed, and several other police officers were injured while aiding in the rescue of the victims. Nevada Clark County sheriff, Joseph Lombardo spoke with the press, communicating that the injury list is numbering around 515 people but that number could rise in the coming hours.
Many witnesses weren’t sure what was happening and thought they were hearing fireworks. It wasn’t until country music singer Jason Aldean fled the stage that people were aware that something else was going on. Witnesses describe the grounds as complete chaos as people fled from the area.
The attack forced people to flee into the streets, some were even forced to break through barriers and find aid. The attacker, Stephen Paddock, had several assault rifles and machine guns with him in his Vegas hotel room at the time.
Additionally, all the hotels owned by MGM, including the Mandalay Bay Resort, went on lockdown during the attack to ensure the safety of their guests. Several flights in the area were halted until the attack was over. There is no word on whether or not the incident is terrorist-related or not.
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