Over 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in Las Vegas in the biggest mass shooting in US history.
The suspected shooter, a 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on a crowd of estimated 22,000 people at an open-air concert on Sunday night at 10.08pm.
SWAT teams responded and breached the hotel room with a controlled explosion, however found the suspect dead, according to a police statement.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Paddock was not believed to be connected to any militant group and described the attack as a ‘lone wolf’ attack. He said, “We have no idea what his belief system was. We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied.”
However, since, a statement was published by Isis’ Amaq propaganda agency claiming the attacker was a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’.
Both current US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama tweeted their condolences:
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
Today the first photo of the man believed to Stephen Paddock was released:
Paddock came from Mesquite, around 60 miles north-east of Las Vegas and had resided at the hotel since Thursday 28th September. A woman believed to have travelled with Paddock, Marilou Danley has been located outside the US according to police.
Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
In further reporting from Sheriff Lombardo, he said, “What we are going to try to do as best we can is to get our first responders back on their feet and responding and conducting a proper investigation to ensure that we have the safety of this community at heart.”
US country singer Jason Aldean was performing at the end of the open-air three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman opened fire. When the shooting started and as it became apparent what was happening, Aldean and his band left the stage.
Aldean posted on Instagram in the wake of the shooting:
Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate
More to follow.