Horror in Las Vegas: Over 58 dead, 500 injured in largest US shooting
At least 58 people have been killed and over 500 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
The “nonstop gunfire” sent bystanders outside the resort scrambling for their lives while tourists hid in their hotel rooms. Disturbing footage showed the aftermath as the injured lay on stretchers or on the ground with responders and bystanders trying to provide assistance.
The gunman rained down bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for several minutes before shooting himself dead, according to police. Earlier reports indicated that the gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada, had been shot by police.
“Officers responded to that location and engaged the suspect at that location,” Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
Paddock had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room.
Lombardo said Paddock was not believed to be connected to any militant group.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” he said. “We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied.”
However, the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the shooting, according to the group’s news agency. It provided no evidence to back up its claim. The terror organization often claims such incidents.
At least 406 people were taken to area hospitals with injuries, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.