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Old 10-02-2017, 05:40 AM   #1
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Las Vegas strip shooting: More than 20 dead, 100 injured after gunman opens fire near Mandalay Bay casino
Oct 2, 2017, More than 20 people were killed and 100 injured when what appears to be a lone gunman opened fire from a perch high up in the the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, police said.
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The "nonstop gunfire," according to one witness, sent bystanders outside the resort on the Vegas strip ducking for cover and fleeing for their lives. Tourists hid in their hotel rooms and flights headed into the McCarran International Airport were held elsewhere. Bystanders sprang into action, caring for the wounded and at least one described someone dying in their arms. Videos filmed by onlookers gave a window into the chaos that ensued, with some thinking that fireworks were going off. The final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was taking place across the street from Mandalay Bay when the shooting took place and concertgoers were caught off-guard.


People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard, Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas

In the wake of the shooting, the Las Vegas Police Department said the suspected gunman, was believed to be a local, was on 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel. Police responded to the scene, engaged him and he is now dead. Officials said they did not believe there were any more shooters. Authorities were looking for a companion of the shooter, Marilou Danley, as well as two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson and Chrysler Pacifica, both with Nevada plates. At least two police officers were hospitalized. "We were just at the concert there, and Jason Aldean was playing," one of the concertgoers, named Mike Cronk, 48, a retired teacher, told ABC News. "Kinda sounded like some fireworks going off. I think there was the first kinda volley, and then all of the sudden second volley. My buddy's like 'I just got hit, ya know.' He got hit three times. Then people started diving for the ground. And it just continued." "It was pretty much chaotic," Cronk continued. "Lots of people got hit. ...It took a while to get him out. We had to get him over the fence and hiding under the stage for a while, ya know, to be safe. And finally we had to move him because he had three chest wounds."


A man in a wheelchair is taken away from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard, Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Cronk said his group were finally able to track down an ambulance "and basically the one guy ended up dying in my arms because he was bleeding," he said. "And my buddy got in there. We got three more people in the ambulance. ... But I just got a message from my buddy -- and he's going to be okay." As bursts of gunfire crackled in the air, people outside of the casino ducked and screamed, according to video filmed by witnesses. "We're going to get trampled if we don't go," a bystander could be heard saying in a dramatic video of the incident. Confusion appeared to abound as those outside fled the scene with another person saying, "it's fireworks."


People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gun fire was heard, Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Michelle Leonard, who was located in a booth near the main entrance of the arena, said the shooting just “kept going nonstop.” Leonard said “mass confusion” unfolded as people tried to flee the scene. She said the shooting seemed like it went on for more than a minute. “I had no idea of where it was coming from or where to run to," Leonard said. She said she injured her leg as she tried to escape. Another witness, Jake Freeman, said he was standing on the rooftop of a nearby hotel when the shooting broke out. “I had a bird’s-eye view” of the shooting, Freeman said in a phone interview with ABC News. He said he saw "crowds of people running” as people “dropped to the ground.” “At the moment we didn’t realize that they were being shot,” he said.

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Gunman Opens Fire on Las Vegas Concert Goers Killing At Least 50
Monday 2nd October, 2017 - Police in Las Vegas, Nevada say a man attacked a country music concert late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 others.
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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters the attacker was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino, located across the street from the outdoor venue where videos showed concertgoers ducking for cover, screaming and running as the repeated shots rang out. Lombardo said SWAT officers 'engaged' the shooter, that he was dead, and that authorities found 'numerous firearms' in the hotel room. He identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, and said that an investigation into Paddock's background was not finished, but that police believe he was the sole attacker and they would be searching his home. 'We don't know what his belief system was at this time,' the sheriff said.

Police stand at the scene of a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities had also searched for a woman described as Paddock's roommate in order to get more information, and Lombardo said he believed she had been located. Several off-duty police officers who were at the concert were among those killed. As the situation unfolded, people sought safety in the many hotels that line the popular tourist district. The Las Vegas international airport is also in the area, and flights there were temporarily halted because of the shooting.


Country star Jason Aldean was on stage playing at the time of the shooting. Hours later he described it as 'horrific.' 'I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,' he said on Instagram.

Police run to cover at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Other artists who were part of Sunday's main stage lineup at the Route 91 Harvest festival reacted on Twitter. U.S. Senator Dean Heller, who represents Nevada, called the shooting a 'senseless, horrifying act of violence,' while Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval described it as 'tragic and heinous.' British Prime Minister Theresa May also expressed support, saying Britain's thoughts were with the victims and emergency personnel.

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Carnage at Outdoor Concert in Las Vegas: 50-Plus Shot Dead, 200 Injured
October 2, 2017 - Country singer Jason Aldean was playing at an outdoor concert at Manadalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip at 10:08 local time Sunday night when a man described by police as "a local resident" began firing down on the crowd from the hotel's 32nd floor.
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"Officers responded to that location and engaged the suspect at that location. He is dead," Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told a news conference around 4:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. "Right now we believe it's a sole actor, a lone-wolf type actor," he said. At a later news conference, Lombardo identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who was armed with multiple weapons. As for the concert-goers, Lombardo said "in excess of 50" people are dead, and more than 200 are injured, some seriously. Among the dead is an off-duty police officer who was at the concert. A second off-duty officer is in critical condition.


Cell phone video shows concert-goers running, falling, and trying to get out of the line of fire at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas late Sunday night.

Police said they have located the gunman's companion, a woman identified as Paddock's roommate. Lombardo named her as Marilou Danley, an Asian female. Lombardo said the Red Cross is assisting family members anxious to contact concert-goers who may have been shot or otherwise unable to communicate with their relatives. They're also asking the more than 20,000 concert-goers for cell phone video that might help with their investigation.

In a message posted on Instagram, Aldean said: "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate." Witnesses reported concert-goers fled for their lives as they realized that the popping noise they heard was not fireworks, but gunfire -- apparently automatic gunfire, some witnesses said. As of 5 a.m. EDT, an undetermined number of bodies remained at the concert venue; all of the injured have been taken to hospitals.

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Las Vegas shooting: 'YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIE' – SHOCK WARNING 45 minutes before attack
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 | A LAS VEGAS shooting witness was reportedly warned that everyone at the Route 91 music festival was “going to die” 45 minutes before the attack near the Mandalay Bay hotel.
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More than 50 people were killed and over 200 more injured after the Las Vegas shooting, according to Las Vegas police. Chilling video has emerged showing the moment gunshots ring out during the busy music festival, cutting short Jason Aldean’s appearance as the packed out audience escaped the shooter in terror. Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, confirmed the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had been killed by police, adding his companion Marilou Danley remains at large.


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One woman, who was at the Route 91 music event, claimed an unidentified woman had told other concert-goers they were “all going to die” after pushing her way to the front of the venue. The witness, 21, told local news: “She had been messing with a lady in front of her and telling her she was going to die, that we were all going to die. “They escorted her out to make her stop messing around with all the other people, but none of us knew it was going to be serious.” She described the lady as Hispanic. The lady was escorted from the venue along with a man. The unnamed witness, who was attending the event on her 21st birthday, described the pair as short, both around 5 ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall, and looked like “everyday people”. She added she and her friends had just made it back to their hotel room when the gunfire started.


Concert-goers were forced to flee after the gunman opened fire

Marilou Danley, a person of interest in the Las Vegas Police investigation, was said to be an Asian woman and approximately 4ft 11ins in height. Mr Lombardo said: “We have not located her at this time ad we are invested in talking to her for follow-up.” There is no confirmed police link to the eyewitnesses' claim and Marilou Danley. Ms Danley and her vehicle has now been located by the police. Police are also looking for two cars, a Hyundai Tuscon B40 with Nevada plate 114B40 and a Chrysler Pacific Touring with the licence plate 19D401. Both vehicles are registered to the suspect located the Las Vegas hotel. The attack is now the deadliest shooting in US history.


People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival

The massacre surpasses the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016 when 49 people were killed. Mr Lombardo confirmed one of the victims was an off-duty police officer who worked for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Another one of the department’s officers is in a critical condition, the Sherriff added he expects the investigation to be long and protracted. Mr Lombardo said: "We are looking at in excess of 50 individuals dead and over 200 individuals injured ... Obviously, this is a tragic incident and one that we have never experienced in this valley. My condolences go out to the loved ones. “That number for family and friends to get an update on loved ones is 1866 535 5654.”


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While discussing the suspect, he added: “We located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied. All’s we know is that they were rifles. We are executing a search warrant on the room.We have officers at his residence, and we will be executing a search warrant there also shortly. “It is going to be a long and tedious investigation. We are bringing in all the resources of the FBI to assist us in this investigation, in particular to their victim witness advocates and their CSI folks to help us process the scene and ensure that we are getting all the evidence that we can possibly obtain.”

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Deadliest Shooting in Modern US History...

More than 50 Dead, 200 Injured in Shooting on Las Vegas Strip
2 Oct 2017 -- More than 50 people were killed and at least 200 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.
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Police released the updated death toll shortly after 3:30 a.m. after a horrific night of violence that turned a concert into a scene of carnage. While initial reports put the death toll at 20, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police tweeted later that at least 50 were dead. Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd. "Right now, we believe it's a solo act, a lone wolf attacker," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. "We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat." Authorities said the gunman appeared to have begun firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street.

Officers entered the room and engaged the suspect. "He is dead, currently," Lombardo said, adding that authorities have no evidence of a motive. "We don't know what his belief system was at this time." Police said they have succeeded in locating a woman, identified as Marilou Danley, who was believed to be traveling with Paddock and is listed as living at his address in Mesquite, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. "We are confident we have located the female person of interest," the department said on Twitter. Mesquite authorities there secured a search warrant for the suspect's home and found several rifles in the suspect's room, said Mesquite Police officer Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the department. About 10 Mesquite officers were at the home early Monday morning holding a perimeter, he said.


Police officers and medical personnel stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip

Two of the dead may include a pair of off-duty police officers who were attending the concert, Lombardo said. "A tragic and heinous act of violence has shaken the Nevada family," Gov. Brian Sandoval said on Twitter. "Our prayers are with the victims and all affected by this act of cowardice." Authorities established a command post and triage center, and shut down parts of the Strip in the hours after the shooting. Hotel guests blocked from returning to their hotels were shuttled to a center equipped with metal detectors. Police initially investigated reports of a "suspicious device" down the street, outside the Luxor Hotel, but said later there appeared to be no explosive devices related to the incident, other than that used by the SWAT team breaching the room where the suspect was located. Video posted on social media showed the open-air concert fully underway when bursts of automatic gunfire rang out in rapid succession. Dozens of concertgoers dropped to the ground, screaming, while others ran, some in pairs or in groups with their arms linked.

The shooting went on for about more than 30 seconds before the music stopped, and another burst was heard later. "Get down, stay down," one woman shouted. "Let's go," another voice said. Another wave of gunshots followed soon after. Seth Bayles, of West Hollywood, said Aldean had been performing for about 20 minutes when he heard shots. "I thought it was like bottle rockets going off," Bayles said. "Then we saw people dropping. We saw someone get hit and then we started running." Bayles said he was probably 50 feet from the stage when he heard the shots. "We saw people down all over the place." Bayles said Aldean was quickly pulled off stage, and soon after, the band was brought off as well.

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Las Vegas Attack Is Deadliest Shooting in Modern US History
2 Oct 2017 | At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Authorities have identified the suspected gunman in the Sunday night shooting as Stephen Paddock.
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Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said officers confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. Paddock is dead. Previously, the deadliest mass shooting had been an attack at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub that killed 49. Before that, the deadliest shooting in the U.S. was the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech, in which a student killed 32 people before killing himself. Here's a look at some of the nation's deadliest rampages since 2012:

-- Oct. 1, 2017: A gunman identified by authorities as Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of casino, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200. He died at the scene after officers went into the hotel room he was using.


Police run to cover at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1, 2017, after a mass shooting at a music festival.

-- June 12, 2016: Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, killing 49 people. Mateen was later killed in a shootout with police.

-- Feb. 25, 2016: Cedric Ford, 38, killed three people and wounded 14 others lawnmower factory where he worked in the central Kansas community of Hesston. The local police chief killed him during a shootout with 200 to 300 workers still in the building, authorities said.

-- Feb. 20, 2016: Jason Dalton, 45, is accused of randomly shooting and killing six people and severely wounding two others during a series of attacks over several hours in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area. Authorities say he paused between shootings to make money as an Uber driver. He faces murder and attempted murder charges.

— Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding more than 20. They fled the scene but died hours later in a shootout with police.

-- Oct. 1, 2015: A shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, left 10 people dead and seven wounded. Shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, exchanged gunfire with police, then killed himself.

-- June 17, 2015: Dylann Roof, 21, shot and killed nine African-American church members during a Bible study group inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Police contend the attack was racially motivated. Roof has been sentenced to death in the shootings.

-- May 23, 2014: A community college student, Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in the area near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus. Authorities said he apparently shot himself to death after a gun battle with deputies.

-- Sept. 16, 2013: Aaron Alexis, a mentally disturbed civilian contractor, shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard before he was killed in a police shootout.

-- July 26, 2013: Pedro Vargas, 42, went on a shooting rampage at his Hialeah, Florida, apartment building, gunning down six people before officers fatally shot him.

-- Dec. 14, 2012: In Newtown, Connecticut, an armed 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 26 people, including 20 first graders and six adult school staff members. He then killed himself.

-- Sept. 27, 2012: In Minnesota's deadliest workplace rampage, Andrew Engeldinger, who had just been fired, pulled a gun and fatally shot six people, including the company's founder. He also wounded two others at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis before taking his own life.

-- Aug. 5, 2012: In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 40-year-old gunman Wade Michael Page killed six worshippers at a Sikh Temple before killing himself.

-- July 20, 2012: James Holmes, 27, fatally shot 12 people and injured 70 in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

-- April 2, 2012: Seven people were killed and three were wounded when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at Oikos University in Oakland, California. One Goh was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, but psychiatric evaluations concluded he suffered from long-term paranoid schizophrenia and was unfit to stand trial.

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Death toll now stands at 58...

At Least 58 Dead, 515 Wounded in Las Vegas Mass Shooting
October 2, 2017 - A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire Sunday night on an outdoor music festival below, killing more than 58 people.
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At least 58 people were killed and at least 515 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said. Police released the updated death toll shortly after 3:30 a.m. after a horrific night of violence that turned a concert into a scene of carnage. While initial reports put the death toll at 20, authorities announced later in the morning that 58 were dead. Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd. “Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat.”

Authorities said the gunman appeared to have begun firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street. Officers entered the room and engaged the suspect. “He is dead, currently,” Lombardo said, adding that authorities have no evidence of a motive. “We don’t know what his belief system was at this time.” Police said they have succeeded in locating a woman, identified as Marilou Danley, who was believed to be traveling with Paddock and is listed as living at his address in Mesquite, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. “We are confident we have located the female person of interest,” the department said on Twitter.


Sheriff Joe Lombardo holds a media briefing regarding a deadly mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Mesquite authorities there secured a search warrant for the suspect’s home and found several rifles in the suspect’s room, said Mesquite Police officer Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the department. About 10 Mesquite officers were at the home early Monday morning holding a perimeter, he said. Two of the dead may include a pair of off-duty police officers who were attending the concert, Lombardo said. “A tragic and heinous act of violence has shaken the Nevada family,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said on Twitter. “Our prayers are with the victims and all affected by this act of cowardice.” Authorities established a command post and triage center, and shut down parts of the Strip in the hours after the shooting. Hotel guests blocked from returning to their hotels were shuttled to a center equipped with metal detectors.

Police initially investigated reports of a “suspicious device” down the street, outside the Luxor Hotel, but said later there appeared to be no explosive devices related to the incident, other than that used by the SWAT team breaching the room where the suspect was located. Video posted on social media showed the open-air concert fully underway when bursts of automatic gunfire rang out in rapid succession. Dozens of concertgoers dropped to the ground, screaming, while others ran, some in pairs or in groups with their arms linked. The shooting went on for about more than 30 seconds before the music stopped, and another burst was heard later. “Get down, stay down,” one woman shouted. “Let’s go,” another voice said. Another wave of gunshots followed soon after.

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Officers, Both On and Off Duty, Among Those Wounded, Killed in Vegas Massacre
October 2, 2017 - Multiple police officers, both on and off duty, were among those killed or injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay Resort.
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One local off-duty officer died, while two others who were on duty were wounded by gunfire, said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Of the two wounded, one is stable after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries, he said. "It's a devastating time," Lombardo said. Many off-duty police officers from Los Angeles, Orange County, Bakersfield and other agencies traveled to Vegas for the show.

One Orange County sheriff's deputy was severely wounded by gunshot wounds to the abdomen and thigh, according to the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. The wives of two deputies were also reported wounded in the attack. A Bakersfield officer was wounded in the gunfire and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Bakersfield Police Lt. Jeff Burdick. They were expected to survive. "Our officers were actually attending the concert as civilians," said Burdick, adding that the agency has accounted for every officer known to be there. "Keeping our fingers crossed that that's good info."


Police vehicles are seen near the site of shooting in Las Vegas

An off-duty LAPD officer was also wounded in the shooting -- struck in the leg, a department spokeswoman confirmed. The officer, who is assigned to the LAPD's Foothill Division, was listed in stable condition.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department also confirmed that off-duty personnel were at the festival, and that two were hit by gunfire. Both were transported to a local hospital, where one remains in critical condition and the other is listed in stable condition, authorities said. None of the officers were identified. Authorities said shooter fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. He was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev. He was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from where he was firing at the crowd, authorities said. The shooting claimed the lives of more than 50 people and left at least 200 others injured.

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Witnesses Recall Mass Shooting at Country Concert in Las Vegas
October 2, 2017 - Harrowing eyewitness accounts are emerging from the scene of a Las Vegas country music concert where a gunman opened fire from a high-rise tower above, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 200 others.
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Sunday night’s Route 91 Harvest festival was well underway across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when the shooting erupted, officials said. Concertgoers reported bursts of weapons fire from the hotel as country singer Jason Aldean performed. The shooting went on for more 30 seconds before the music stopped, witnesses said, then another burst was heard later. Seth Bayles of West Hollywood said Aldean had been performing for about 20 minutes when he heard shots. “I thought it was like bottle rockets going off,” Bayles said. “Then we saw people dropping. We saw someone get hit and then we started running.” Bayles said he was probably 50 feet from the stage when he heard the shots. “We saw people down all over the place.” Bayles said Aldean was quickly pulled off stage and that soon after the band was brought off as well.

Two men near the Mandalay Bay said they heard a helicopter with a bullhorn yelling “Go! Go! Go!” as the incident unfolded. Others said they saw police and SWAT teams streaming into the casino. Bernice Allard, who came to the concert with her husband, Frank Allard, said there was screaming when the shooting began. “Single shot. Single shot, then a lot of shots,” Frank Allard said. Allard said he had come to see Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Aldean, who was into his fourth or fifth song when the shooting began. He said the crowd began to stampede and that he grabbed a nearby fence, stretched both arms wide and tried to shield his wife from the danger. Then they ran. “We followed the crowd out,” Bernice Allard said. Alarm spread up and down the Strip as news of the shootings spread.


Crime scene investigators stand over a corpse covered with a sheet along Reno Ave, in the aftermath of the mass shooting leaving at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured, in Las Vegas, Nevada

Alfonzo Ewing said he had arrived shortly before midnight for an overnight shift as a cook at the White Castle at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale on the northern side of the strip, a little more than 2 miles from the Mandalay Bay. “We heard reports of gunshots and customers rushed to jump the counter for safety. Everyone just took off running from the White Castle and the hotel,” said Ewing, 37. “Employees and customers went downstairs to hide in the break room. We’re here now, 15 of us, with customers. We’re safe but we don’t know what’s happening.”

Kevin Daly, 58, of Long Beach, said he had been playing pai gow at the MGM Grand Hotel, down the street from the concert venue, and had just left to see if he could play a Game of Thrones game near the entry when chaos erupted. “All these people started running and screaming, and then that stopped for about a minute, and then more people started coming in the other way and ran through where I was,” he said.

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59 dead, hundreds hurt at Vegas concert in deadliest mass shooting in U.S.
Oct. 2, 2017 - "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" President Donald Trump tweeted Monday.
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Fifty-nine people were killed and hundreds were injured late Sunday at an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip -- in what is now the deadliest shooting attack in modern U.S. history. The gunfire began around 10 p.m. on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard during the Route 91 country music festival. Authorities said the shooter fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino into a lot diagonally across the street. Automatic gunfire was captured on cellphone recordings of the concert, followed by panicked show-goers running for cover. Witnesses said the shooting lasted for 5 to 10 minutes. Las Vegas police said 527 people were injured. The city's two trauma centers, University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital Medical Center, were treating victims.

The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. modern history, surpassing the 49 killed by a gunman last year at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Police identified the suspected shooter as Stephen Paddock, 64, a resident of Mesquite, 82 miles northwest of Las Vegas. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed Monday. "Right now we believe it's a sole actor, a lone wolf type actor," Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news briefing. Lombardo said the shooter fired onto the 15-acre lot where about 22,000 had gathered to watch the final night of the festival. Police recovered 10 rifles from the room, and another 18 firearms, explosives and ammunition at his Mesquite, Nev., home. NBC reported the suspected gunman made several large gambling transactions worth tens of thousands of dollars in recent weeks, according to law enforcement officials.


Many of the shooting victims were taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

A U.S. official told CBS News there were no early signs of any ties to radical Islamic groups or signs of radicalization. The Islamic State said in two statements released by its pseudo-news agency Amaq, citing anonymous sources, that the gunman converted to Islam several months ago and the attack "in response to calls to target states of the coalition" battling the Islamic State. Lombardo said police have located an Asian woman, Marilou Danley, who lived with the suspect since 2003, according to records obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal. Police originally said she was with the suspect in Las Vegas but later said she is out of the country. One off-duty police officer was among the dead. Also, two officers were being treated for injuries --- one officer was in critical condition and the other had minor injuries. "It was was a horror show," concertgoer Ivetta Saldana told the Review-Journal. "People were standing around, then they hit the floor."

She said was attending the concert with a friend and hid in a sewer. "We met someone at the gas station, a nurse, she was at the concert and she treated someone who was shot in the face, someone who was shot in the chest and someone who was shot in the liver," a man identified as Todd told CNN. Country singer Jason Aldean was rushed off the stage as shots were fired. "Tonight has been beyond horrific," Aldean wrote on Instagram. "I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe ... It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night." Las Vegas police were seeking footage or photographs of the events at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Bakersfield Police Department in California said several off-duty officers attended the concert. One was injured, according to KGET-TV. A number of off-duty police officers were at the show.

Roads around the area, including Interstate 15, were closed. At midnight, more than 25 flights were diverted from nearby McCarran International Airport, according to airport spokeswoman Christine Crews. People ran onto an airport runway while fleeing the shooting. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval called it a "tragic and heinous act," adding that prayers "are with the victims and all affected by this act of cowardice. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman posted on Twitter: "Pray for Las Vegas. Thank you to all our first responders out there now." Mandalay Bay, which opened in 1999, includes a 43-story tower, 3,309 hotel rooms, a convention center and a 12,000-seat events center. MGM Resorts International owns Mandalay Bay and several casino/hotels in Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay, the MGM and the Tropicana were on lockdown until 8 a.m., at which point guests were allowed back into their rooms. Access to the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay was still restricted.

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Vegas gunman's brother: 'Completely dumbfounded' it happened
Oct. 2, 2017 -- The brother of Stephen Paddock, the suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of at least 58 people at a Las Vegas concert, said Monday he was "completely dumbfounded" it happened.
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Paddock, 64, of nearby Mesquite, Nev., fired shots at concertgoers from a hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night, police said. He was found in his hotel room, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "There is no reason we can imagine why Stephen would do something like this," his brother Eric Paddock, 55, of Orlando, Fla., said. "All we can do is send our condolences to the people who died. Just no reason, no warning." He said "it's like an asteroid just fell on top of our family." Paddock lived in a retirement community in Mesquite with his girlfriend Marylou Danley. Although he was known to local police, he had no conflicts with law enforcement, the Desert Valley Times reported Monday. The older Paddock bought a home in Mesquite -- 80 miles from Las Vegas -- for $369,000 in January 2015, according to court records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


The brother of the man identified by police as the gunman in a Las Vegas shooting Sunday said he is unaware of the motivation for the incident. Eric Paddock of Orlando gave a statement Monday to local police regarding his brother Stephen who shot himself to death as police entered his Las Vegas hotel room.

In the shooter's 32nd-floor hotel room, 10 guns were found. "He might have had a gun or two, but he didn't have a huge stock of guns," Eric Paddock said. The two brothers last talked a few weeks ago after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, he said. Their father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list for bank robberies. He was bumped from the most-wanted list in 1977 because he longer longer fit the "Top 10" criteria, according to the agency's website. The suspect's father, who was diagnosed as psychopathic, was convicted of bank robberies in Phoenix and San Francisco in the 1960s. Another brother, Bruce Paddock, said Stephen wasn't like his father. "He never got into fights. He never did anything violent. He's kinda laidback, never in a hurry," another brother, Bruce Paddock, of Calfornia, told NBC News. "I don't know how he could stoop to this low point, hurting someone else ... He killed a bunch of people and then killed himself so he didn't have to face whatever it was."

In September 2012, Stephen Paddock filed a negligence lawsuit in Clark County District Court against The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas over a fall at the Strip resort. The lawsuit was dismissed in October 2014 after both sides agreed to drop it. The Cosmopolitan is on the strip like Mandalay Bay but they are not owned by the same company. NBC news reported Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day -- sometimes greater than $20,000 and $30,000 -- at Las Vegas casinos, according to an NBC News source. Casinos are required by the Treasury and IRS to file when "each transaction in currency involving cash-in and cash-out of more than $10,000 in a gaming day." Bruce Paddock, who said he hadn't spoken to his brother in 10 years, said Stephen owned and managed apartment buildings with his mother, who lives in Florida. Federal Aviation Authority records show that Paddock became a certified private pilot on Nov. 17, 2003.

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Trump Calls Vegas Shooting 'Act of Pure Evil'; US Flags to Fly at Half-Staff
October 02, 2017 | WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump ordered flags to fly at half-staff Monday as the nation recoiled in horror at the worst mass shooting by a lone gunman in recent U.S. history.
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“We are joined together in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump said in a nationally televised address less than 12 hours after the shooting began. “It was an act of pure evil.” He said he would travel to Las Vegas Wednesday to honor the victims and meet with survivors, one day after he is to visit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. “In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has,” Trump told the nation. “We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community and the comfort of our common humanity. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever,” the president said.

Standing in front of a portrait of George Washington, Trump offered words of sympathy to the families of the victims. “In times such as these I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.” Trump did not mention guns in his five-minute address, but the Las Vegas tragedy once again brought the issue of gun control back to center stage in the national debate. Former Member of Congress Gabby Giffords. who was gravely wounded by a gun-wielding attacker in Arizona six years ago, spoke to reporters along with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, pleading for bipartisan action on stricter gun laws. “The nation is counting on you,” Giffords said.


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Kelly called the Las Vegas attack an act of domestic terrorism. “Weapons of war in the hands of a determined killer with a tactical advantage — this was an ambush if there ever was one,” he said. Kelly, who along with Giffords founded a gun control advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Solutions, said America must make a choice. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan Monday urging formation of a Select Committee on Gun Violence to develop “common sense legislation.” Saying there had been 273 mass shootings in the United States this year, one for every day of the year so far, Pelosi called on her colleague to approve a bipartisan bill now before the House that would strengthen background checks aimed at keeping guns out of “the wrong hands.” Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton posted two tweets Monday, calling for a ban on gun silencers, and mentioning the National Rifle Association. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she wrote. “Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders parried questions about gun control at Monday's briefing, saying it was premature to inject politics less than 24 hours after the Las Vegas tragedy. “I think before we start trying to talk about the preventions of what took place last night, we need to know more facts, and right now we're simply not at that point,” Sanders said. “It's very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter, and this isn't a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. I think that we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day,” she told reporters, cutting short the briefing to attend a moment of silence on the White House lawn for the victims. Expressions of condolences poured into the White House from around the world. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed shock and outrage. “We cannot tolerate such indiscriminate and massive shooting incident for any reason and I resolutely condemn it,” Abe wrote. “Las Vegas has long been celebrated by people from around the globe, including many Canadians,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote: “We grieve with this city and the United States. Such acts only strengthen our resolve to stand together, united.”

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October 02, 2017 - Las Vegas police have identified Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, Nevada, as the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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Authorities believe Paddock shot into a crowd of 22,000 people attending an outdoor concert, killing 58 and wounded hundreds more before before he killed himself in a hotel room that overlooked the area. At least 10 guns were found in the room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, police said. He had checked into the hotel room on Thursday, according to authorities.

Motive

A motive for the deadly attack is not known. Police said Paddock did not have a criminal history; the FBI added that he had no connection to any international terrorist group. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not provide any evidence for the claim. "We know nothing. If you told me an asteroid fell it would mean the same to me. There is absolutely no sense, no reason he did this," his brother Eric Paddock told the Washington Post. "He is just a guy who played video poker, and took cruises, and ate burritos at Taco Bell. There is no political affiliation that we know of. There is no religious affiliation that we know of."


Police stand at the scene of a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip

What neighbors say

Neighbors in Nevada described the retired Paddock, who lived in a town about 130 kilometers from Las Vegas, as a prickly personality and avid gambler who lived with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. Authorities initially said they were searching for Danley as a person of interest in the investigation. They later said she had been located and was in police custody, but they do not believe she was involved in the shooting.

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CBS Confirms: Lawyer Who Said She Had No Sympathy for Las Vegas Victims No Longer Employed by Network
October 2, 2017 - CBS confirmed to CNSNews.com on Monday that a legal executive who had posted on her Facebook page that she had no sympathy for the victims of Monday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas--because “country music fans often are Republican gun toters”--had "violated the standards" of the company and had ceased being a CBS employee as of today.
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Monday morning, The Daily Caller reported on a Facebook posting by then-CBS employee Hayley Geftman-Gold: A top legal executive at CBS, Hayley Geftman-Gold, said she “is not even sympathetic” for the victims of the shooting at a country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sunday night. “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” wrote Geftman-Gold on Facebook, perhaps referring to Sandy Hook. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

A CBS spokesperson confirmed to CNSNews.com on Monday afternoon that Geftman-Gold had ceased being an employee as of Monday and provided the following statement: “This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell responded to the news on Twitter, saying that the media company's response is inadequate: "Not enough @CBS. They need a public, unequivocal apology to victims & their families for this hate filled screed."

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