Las Vegas mass shooting: More than 59 dead, 527 injured

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo says 59 people were killed and 527 others were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. 

Metro said 22,000 people attended the event.

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One of the people killed was an off-duty Metro Police officer who was attending the concert, Sheriff Lombardo said. A second officer was injured, and is said to be critical.

The Bakersfield Police Department says one of its off-duty officers was shot during the attack. He was taken to the hospital. No word on his condition.

Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as Mesquite resident Stephen Paddock. He lived in a retirement community in the area, Metro said.

Lombardo says officers found Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. Paddock was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Metro Police started investigating reports of an active shooter at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip Sunday night around 10 p.m. 

According to officers, everything unfolded at and around Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino near Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno.

Metro Police initially searched for the shooter's roommate Marilou Danley because she was a person of interest. However, around 4:45 a.m. Metro said that detectives had made contact with Danley and had come to believe the 62-year-old didn't have anything to do with the deadly shooting. In fact, Danley was apparently overseas when the shooting happened.

Heavily armed police searched the Sun City Mesquite retirement-community about 80 miles north of Las Vegas.  Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner says police surrounded and entered the single-family home where 64-year-old Paddock lived with Danley early Monday morning.

He says Danley was not at the house and police saw “no movement” inside before serving a search warrant at the one-story, three-bedroom home.

Tanner says detectives from Las Vegas and North Las Vegas were at the scene in the resort community of Mesquite, located near the Arizona state line.

Back in Las Vegas, Metro Police officers searched for the following vehicles:

  • Hyundai Tucson --unknown color -- with Nevada license plate 114B40
  • Chrysler Pacifica Touring -- unknown color -- with a Nev. plate -- 79D401

Witnesses at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival say they heard what sounded like firecrackers going off, but they were rounds fired from a gun. 

Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino across Las Vegas Boulevard.  One witness said they heard nearly 100 rounds fired off.  Witnesses say people were also seen running with injuries and blood.

Country singer Jason Aldean was performing when the shots rang out.

Mandalay Bay is a part of MGM Properties which released the following statement:

The I-15 on and off ramps near Mandalay Bay were affected by the horrific incident. I-15 was closed to traffic from Tropicana Avenue to Russell Road.  Everyone was encouraged to avoid the area.

Traffic could still be an issue for commuters on Monday morning. CCSD said, "We understand that some buses could run late today due to road closures on The Strip".

Flights in and out of McCarran International Airport were affected by the incident.

McCarran asked travelers to monitor their flight status with the airlines due to expected on going delays.  The Thomas & Mack Center located at 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. is being used as a shelter for those affected.  Those looking to contact loved ones are urged to call 1-866-535-5654.

Governor Brian Sandoval said he's thinking about all of the victims during this tragic time.

The governor went on to say in a statement:

“My heart and prayers go the victims and their families and friends who were brutally killed and injured by a shocking and cowardly act of senseless violence.  This tragic and vicious attack on innocent people has claimed the lives of our fellow Americans and devastated hundreds of others who were simply enjoying a country music festival.  I will be in Las Vegas this morning to meet with law enforcement, first responders and to console the victims and their families and friends.  I ask that everyone take a moment to keep the people affected by this horrific tragedy in their thoughts and prayers.” – Governor Brian Sandoval   

Nevada lawmakers sent their condolences as well.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in last night’s vicious and senseless attack outside the Mandalay Bay Resort," said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev. "I thank the first responders for taking down the gunman and working tirelessly to treat the wounded. I am working with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County to ensure that local officials have the resources they need to support our community and investigate these tragic events.” 

“Nevada families are waking up to the shocking news of the tragic events that occurred last night in Las Vegas," said Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.  "Our communities are all in mourning as we try to understand this senseless massacre on the Strip.“I want to thank our first responders for their swift actions and efforts that without a doubt saved numerous lives. I’ve been in contact with the White House and Governor Sandoval, and I will continue to monitor the situation as this horrific event unfolds. Lynne and I are praying for all of the victims and their families who are experiencing immense pain and grave, shocking loss that cannot be measured.”

In Washington, A Homeland Security spokesman, David Lapan, tweeted Monday the department has “no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country.”

Police have not yet determined a motive in the shootings.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.


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