At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured when a gunman opened fire into an open-air  country music concert from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort’s 32nd floor on Sunday night. The shooter was killed by the police and has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Authorities found several weapons in Paddock’s hotel room as per law enforcement officials. It is not yet clear what kinds of weapons were located.

According to reports, the shooting took place at around 22:30 (local time). An online video showed a musician performing outside the resort during a country music festival, when the gunfire started. The music stopped as people rushed to find safety. 

“The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium. Everyone was running, people were getting trampled,” an eye witness Jon Bessette told NBC News post the unfortunate incident.

Many videos have emerged on social media of people fleeing from the scene. Las Vegas police have have advised people to avoid the area. Earlier there were reports of other incidents at different locations along the Las Vegas strip, but police say they believe the dead suspect acted alone. Many hotels on the Las Vegas strip close to the scene are currently on lockdown. Officials are searching for the suspect’s companion, Marilou Danley, a 62-year-old female. 

Reports have suggested that many people have been taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for treatment. The Police were asked to not bring additional casualties — unless injuries were grave — to nearby hospital University Medical Centre because of its capacity.

Mandalay Bay is located on the south end of the Vegas strip on Las Vegas Boulevard and across from McCarran International Airport. Some flights have been diverted from the airport in view of the shootout.  

 

 

First Published | 2 October 2017 12:03 PM
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