At Least 50 dead, Over 200 Injured in Mandalay Bay Shooting
Worst mass shooting in US history takes the lives of over 50 concertgoers as barrage of gunfire rains down from 32 floors up
A lone gunman opened fire across the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival hosted annually in Las Vegas. As of 3:45AM local time, law enforcement reported that at least 50 had been killed and over 200 were injured, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.
In June 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 and injured 53 more at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida before being killed by police on the scene.
The assailant, who law enforcement has identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, was shot and killed on the 32nd floor of the hotel and casino during a standoff with a SWAT team, who used an explosive to get inside the room. He was a local resident but was believed to have a female “traveling companion,” now confirmed to have been his wife.
Police were searching for the woman, whose identity was released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as Marilou Danley. She has since been apprehended.
Jason Aldean was performing when shots were heard and he was rushed offstage. All of the musicians performing at the festival are confirmed safe and Aldean said in an Instagram post that the scene was “beyond horrific.”
Several of those killed and injured were off-duty police officers attending the event.
Hotels along the Strip were put on lockdown and the LVMPD posted a hotline to their Twitter page for families attempting to locate their loved ones amidst the chaos. They also tweeted a call for blood donations.
For families looking to locate missing loved ones, please call 1-866-535-5654.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
This story is developing and some details may be corrected as information from law enforcement and credible news agencies continues to come in. We will be doing our best to update this story as it develops.