Monday, October 2, 2017

50 dead, hundreds hurt at Vegas concert in deadliest mass shooting in U.S.

50 dead, hundreds hurt at Vegas concert
More than 50 people were killed and hundreds were injured late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip -- in what is now the deadliest shooting attack in United States history.

The gunfire began around 10 p.m. on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard during the Route 91 country music festival. Authorities said the shooter was firing from one of the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Automatic gunfire was captured on cellphone recordings of the concert, followed by panicked show-goers running for cover. Witnesses said the shooting lasted for 5 to 10 minutes.

Las Vegas police said at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, surpassing the 49 killed by a gunman last year at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

"My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" President Donald Trump tweeted Monday.

Police identified the suspected shooter as Stephen Paddock, 64, a Las Vegas resident. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed Monday.

"Right now we believe it's a sole actor, a lone wolf type actor," Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news briefing.

Lombardo said the shooter fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay onto the 15-acre lot where about 30,000 had gathered to watch the final night of the festival.

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