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On Sunday night a lone wolf gunman opens fire on a crowd of over 22,000 people that were gathered for a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Police reports indicate that the outdoor country music festival was held near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. At approximately 10:08 P.M., a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Initial reports stated that there was more than one shooter, but the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) has confirmed that only one person is believed to be responsible for the deadly attack. At the time this news article was published, police have confirmed that 59 people were killed, and at least 527 were injured in the attack. They also stated that the number of dead could still rise in the oncoming days.
The LVPD has stated that two on-duty officers were injured during the shooting. One of the officers is listed in stable condition after surgery, and the other officer is reported to have sustained minor injuries. The police department has also confirmed that two off-duty police officers attending the concert were killed during the incident. Their identities have not yet been released.
In a press release, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, said that after the location of the gunman was established, a SWAT team used explosives and stormed the gunman’s hotel room located on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. Lombardo further stated that after the officers made entry into the room, they found the gunman dead, and appeared that the gunman had killed himself before the SWAT team made entry.
Lombardo identified the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada.
After the shooting the Islamic State terror group took credit for the Las Vegas shooting, saying the gunman converted to Islam months ago. But no evidence to back up the claim have been found. The FBI is working with local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies trying to identify a motive for the shooting, but as of right now they have not found any connection to international terrorism.
FBI Special agent-in-charge Aaron Rouse said at a news conference the agency has “determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group.”
The Las Vegas shooting is the worst and deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The death toll has surpassed the June 12, 2016, shooting at the Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando. In that incident at least 49 people were killed and more than 50 were injured.
It is still unknown what kind of weapon was used in the attack, but police sources have stated that they found between 11 and 15 weapons in Paddock’s hotel room. Some of the weapons that were used included converted, fully automatic AR-15 style assault rifles with high capacity magazines.
When the shooting began witnesses reported that they first thought they heard fireworks, but then realized that someone was shooting into the crowd. That’s when people started running and trying to hide. Many people were seen helping victims that had been shot and injured during the incident. Some people were put in vehicles and taken to the hospital by civilians that stopped to help. One woman said that her husband died covering her and shielding her from the gun shots.
Police have a very long and complex crime scene on their hands, and it will probably take days to gather evidence and piece together what happened. They are also trying to establish a motive for the shooting. As of now there is no evidence that Paddock had any kind of mental health problems. The Police are also trying to identify the source of the weapons that were used in the shooting.
Police sources have stated that the weapons were possibly illegally converted into fully automatic weapons.