At least 50 killed in Las Vegas mass shooting
October 2nd, 2017 at 10:48 pm
At least 50 killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

International desk – A sexagenarian man has killed at least 50 people in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert, police said.

The 64-year old Nevada resident, Stephen Paddock, is believed to have killed himself after the attack that also left hundreds of others injured, according to a BBC report.

A man fired his gun from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000.

Police say he killed himself as officers stormed the room where 10 guns were found.

The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims and their families, and called the shooting “terrible”.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooting as a “lone wolf” attack and there was no information about Paddock’s motives.

“We have no idea what his belief system was,” he said

A police statement said the shooting began at 22:08 local time on Sunday. Paddock came from the small town of Mesquite, some 100 km north-east of Las Vegas, and had resided in the hotel since 28 September.

Police say at least 200 people were injured. Fire officials said 406 people were taken to hospital.

Among those killed was an off-duty police officer.

Earlier, police announced they were seeking a woman, Marilou Danley, in connection with the shooting.

In his latest update, Sheriff Lombardo said she had now been located outside the United States and was not thought to have played any role.

Marilou Danley is believed to have lived with Paddock, and Sheriff Lombardo said he used some of her identity documents to check in to the hotel.

Witnesses reported that hundreds of shots were fired.

Hundreds of people fled the scene and the sound of what appeared to be prolonged automatic gunfire could be heard on videos posted on social media.

Many hotels on the Las Vegas strip close to the scene remained on police lockdown and parts of Las Vegas Boulevard were shut.

People sheltered in hotels, restaurants and at Las Vegas McCarran airport.

A witness, Mike Thompson from London, told the BBC that he saw people running in total panic.

“One man had blood all over him and that’s when I knew something was seriously wrong. People were running and there was chaos.”

Concert-goer Mike McGarry said he lay on top of his children when the shots rang out.

“They’re 20, I’m 53. I lived a good life,” he said.