Las Vegas: A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing more than 50 people – including two off-duty police officers – and wounding more than 200, officials said on Monday.
The gunman, who was a local man, was killed after police “engaged the suspect,” Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters. Police named the gunman as Stephen Paddock. Police are reportedly looking for his companion.
Officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert and he was killed, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name but said he is a local resident.
Police said that the shooter was taken “down” after officers swarmed over the famous boulevard following reports of multiple shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay casino.
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing on stage when the shots began ringing out Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
People tend to the wounded outside the festival ground after an apparent shooting. Photo: AFP
Concert-goers reported hearing what they described as automatic gun fire during the shooting. Pictures taken at the scene showed revelers cowering in the street or running in terror, as well what appeared to be several bodies lying prone on the ground.
A witness told local TV news station KLAS he saw someone several stories high firing hundreds of shots into a crowd of people. Police, however, denied reports of multiple shooters. “At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters,” the department wrote on Twitter.
The two off-duty officers killed in the shooting were attending the concert, according to police. Another off-duty officer was in critical condition and another was wounded.
A crowd of people at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard. Photo: AFP
Police have cordoned off Las Vegas Boulevard and parts of Interstate 15, while flights have been suspended at McCarran International Airport. Gunfire reportedly erupted during the Route 91 Harvest concert, as country musician Jason Aldean performed at the popular casino hotel. Hours after the shooting, Aldean posted on Instagram that he and his crew were safe and said the shooting was “beyond horrific.”
Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said he and his girlfriend were watching Aldean’s performance when he heard what sounded like fireworks. The music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage. Thousands fled as bursts of gunfire could be heard for more than five minutes, Yazzie said.
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Las Vegas police say one suspect is ‘down’ after shooting at country music festival that has left two people dead and dozens wounded. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital.
Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Two people dead
A Las Vegas hospital says at least two people are dead and dozens wounded after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital. She says, of those, at least two have died, 12 are in critical condition and the rest are being evaluated. Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Chaos at concert
Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gun fire. Witnesses say they saw multiple victims Sunday night as they fled the gunfire raining down on the concert venue. Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.
Multiple victims hospitalised
Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in “several” people with gunshot wounds. She didn’t have any other immediate information.
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15. Some flights destined for the McCarran International Airport were diverted due to incident. Witnesses say country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out. No further information was immediately known.
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