Shooter kills 58, injures at least 515 at Las Vegas music festival
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Shooter kills 58, injures at least 515 at Las Vegas music festival

October 2, 2017

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A man identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired shots at the crowd of an outdoor concert in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing 58 people and injuring at least 515, according to Las Vegas Police. He had been situated on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. A SWAT team found Paddock dead in his hotel room after the shooting. Police said they believed he killed himself.

The Islamic State group claimed Paddock had converted to Islam months ago and that it was behind the attack. The FBI said no connection had been established between the shooter and any terrorist group.

The shooting was first reported at 10:08 p.m. local time, and police reported one suspect dead a little before midnight. Ten guns, including rifles, were found in the hotel room with Paddock.

Paddock, an accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, had checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel on Thursday, according to police, who gave no motive for the shooting. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they were looking for a “companion” of Paddock. Later, police said they were “confident” they had located this person, Marilou Danley.

The New York Times reports that a video the outlet had obtained showed gunfire, whose sound resembled an automatic weapon, occurring for about nine seconds, then a pause with no shooting for 37 seconds, and then two more periods of gunfire of less than nine seconds each. CNN reports that witnesses said the shooting lasted for 10 to 15 minutes in total.

A mile-long section of Las Vegas Boulevard was closed after the shooting. Interstate 15 was also closed for a time. Some flights to McCarran International Airport were diverted. The airport is adjacent to the concert grounds, and concert-goers were reported to have been on an airport runway after the shooting.

At least 22,000 people attended the three-day, country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The shooting began during the performance of Jason Aldean, the festival’s last act. Sunday’s casualties represent the largest number of people killed in a shooting in the U.S. since 1949. Last year’s shooting in an Orlando night club killed 49 people.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will visit first responders and families of the victims in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday.

(Sources: The New York Times, BBC, AP, CNN)