People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a gunman opened fire on the festival from a room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Update = At the last press conference held by local law enforcement and other local authorities, officials reported the number of dead was 59 and 527 people were injured.
Published October 2, 2017
LAS VEGAS = A lone white male killed at least 50 people and injured over 350 people in Las Vegas Sunday night. Police in Las Vegas have identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada.
Paddock committed his act of domestic terrorism from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Using automatic weapons, Paddock took aim at a crowd of some 22,000 who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an outdoor country and western concert on the Las Vegas Strip.
Police say Paddock killed himself before the Las Vegas Police SWAT team entered his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. In the room, they found 10 assault weapons. It is believed police were able to rapidly identify Paddock’s hotel room from the hotel’s smoke detector system.
Authoriities say country music star Jason Aldean was finishing his act to conclude the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting began.
More than 400 victims were taken to the hospital, authorities said.