Shooting at Las Vegas concert kills dozens

At least 59 have been killed and some 527 injured after a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert in the United States on the evening of Oct 1. 

Latest: Who is the Las Vegas shooter?

Lone gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire into a crowd of around 22,000 for about nine minutes starting at around 10:08 pm local time from a 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino located beside the concert grounds. The window from which the gunmen was firing from was 950 ft away from the concert grounds.

Mr Paddock, 64, was found dead after officers from the Las Vegas Police Department stormed his room after the shooting. Paddock had some 23 weapons with him, and utilized a “bump stock” to allow his rifles to rapid-fire into the concert below.

The shooter was able to fire for some nine minutes before authorities burst into his hotel room, scattering stunned concertgoers and striking down attendees.

Authorities have identified this as a “lone wolf” shooting and do not believe that Paddock had any links to international extremist or radical groups. However, Daesh (IS) did claim responsibility via their Amaq news agency, but offered no proof.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in a probe into the shooting. However, authorities do not believe that there is a threat to other venues or to the public.

US President Donald Trump gave his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims and their families via tweet early Monday morning, before addressing the nation shortly before 11 am ET.

In a short, scripted and formal live address, Mr Trump hailed the mass shooting as “an act of pure evil” while praising first responders and their timeliness. The president also says he will visit on Wednesday.

The president said that nation is joined together through “sadness, shock and grief”, ordering the American flag to be hung at half-mast, as expected.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval called the shooting a “cowardly act of senseless violence.”

The White House struck a compassionate, religious tone on Monday, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders recounting stories of heroism from the shooting.

US President Donald Trump gives remarks on the shooting

 What happened?

The Route 91 Harvest country music festival had been taking place at a large outdoor venue on the Las Vegas strip, with a large main outdoor stage where the shooting occurred.

Just after 10 pm PT, the first emergency 911 call went out for shots fired at the festival with reports of an active shooter hitting the news wires at around 10:40 pm.

LVPD shut down a portion of the strip by an hour after the initial shots were fired, with confirmed reports of emergency services ferrying multiple people to nearby hospitals.

Flights destined for the nearby McCarran International Airport were diverted and a section of the Interstate 15 closed.

By 1:32 am local time, Las Vegas sheriff Joe Lombardo told the media that officers had killed the gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, however, it later was stated that the gunman had killed himself previous to police bursting into his room.

The state where the shooting took place, Nevada, is considered to have some of the loosest gun laws in the US.

With at least 59 killed, the Las Vegas mass shooting is the worst in recent US history, beating out the Orlando shooting in Florida when Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay nightclub killing 49 and injuring 58 others.

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More details to follow. 


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Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He has reported for several online and print publications. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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