LAS VEGAS, NV – An estimated 515 people have been transported to local hospitals and 58 victims have been pronounced dead after a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concert goers from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel.
What is now considered to be the deadliest shooting in US history took place on the Las Vegas Strip late last night. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the terrorist 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.
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The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when gunfire rang out.
Confusion set in as many reported the loud popping and cracking sounds were first mistaken for fireworks, and videos show performers on stage continued playing for several seconds after the first shots rang out.
Witnesses described seeking cover as the barrage of gunfire continued for several minutes with breaks coming only as the assailant reloaded. Some described long volleys of bullets ripping through the air around them as they lay on the ground or behind cover.
Las Vegas Metro Police Swat unit responded to the call. Units were able to isolate where the gunfire was coming from and breached the hotel room where they engaged the suspect.
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