Deadliest US Mass Shooting Happened At Las Vegas Concert

02 October, 2017, 22:02 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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The shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, surpassing the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, a year ago in which an attacker killed 49 people. Police cautioned that the death toll could grow. Paddock appears to have worked as an accountant or auditor.

The shots came from a gunman who was perched high on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, which is across the street from the concert. 'Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static'. The music stopped and concert attendees ducked and ran for cover, shouting "get down" and "stay down". Officers responded to that location and engaged Paddock at that location. "We are working with law enforcement and will continue to do all we can to help all of those involved". He had first checked into the hotel on September 28.

Two on-duty Las Vegas police officers were injured during the shooting. The Sheriff is reporting that Paddock is dead.

In a press release on Monday morning, police said that at least 406 people had been taken to the hospital following the shooting.

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The gunman is believed to have opened fire on revelers attending a country music festival in the late hours of Sunday evening [October 1], near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.

Rapid and sustained gunfire can be heard in footage captured by terrified concertgoers.

Who was Stephen Paddock, the man suspected of killing more than 50 people on the Las Vegas Strip? Police said numerous firearms had been been found in the room. There were an estimated 22,000 people at the concert. "It sounded like fireworks".

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a tweet that they had located the person of interest.

At the time of the shooting, country star Jason Aldean was performing one of his songs on stage, with his wife, crew and fellow artist Jake Owen watching from the stage as well. He described the night as "beyond horrific".

The shooting left more than 50 dead and 400 injured.

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