50 dead, 400+ hurt after shooting near Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
[Updated at 5:30 a.m.]
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Metro Police say now that 50 people are dead more than 400 people were taken to hospitals following a mass shooting late Sunday evening.
The suspect is identified as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock from Mesquite, Nev. In a press release, LVMPD says that Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers from his hotel room on the 32sd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. Paddock was found dead at the scene.
Police said they are confident they have located Marilou Danley, who was traveling with the suspect. She had been sought for questioning in connection with the shooting. She is not named as a suspect.
This is a breaking story and we will continue to update throughout the day.
LAS VEGAS -- 50 people were killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday evening, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that more than 200 others have been injured.
The sheriff identified the shooter as 64-year old Stephen Paddock. Paddock was killed. Lombardo says officers confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. He was found dead at the scene. Police were also looking for 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was wanted as a person of interest in this incident. "We're confident but not 100% sure we've located the female person of interest," said Lombardo. He sais
Police responded to reports of shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay toward the Route 91 Harvest festival.
Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay toward 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. Shortly after midnight (PDT), Las Vegas police said "one suspect is down" and that there was an active investigation.
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.
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Seattle's Emily Cantrell was at the concert.
"We heard what sounded like firecrackers and at first we laughed, then we looked down and there was a girl covered in blood right next to us and we started to run," she told Q13 News' Jon Humbert late Sunday night. "We hid behind bleachers. We hid behind plants. We hid wherever we could while trying to run away."
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.
Some flights destined for the McCarran International Airport were diverted due to the incident, and the airport was temporarily closed.
Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay and the sound of what they described as automatic gunfire.
Witnesses say they saw multiple victims as they fled the gunfire raining down on the concert venue.
"We passed body after body," Cantrell said. "It was awful. There were bodies left and right."
Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.
Witnesses say country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out.
No further information was immediately known. This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.