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Las Vegas Shooting Is Deadliest in Modern US History: Over 50 Dead, 400 Injured

2 October 2017 22:25


The mass shooting during at a music festival in Las Vegas is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The massacre eclipsed the deadly 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, in which 49 people were killed.

On Sunday, gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire from his 32nd floor hotel room on a crowd watching Jason Aldean perform at an outdoor music festival, NBC News reported.

Police responded to Mandalay Bay Resort and fatally shot Paddock. Several weapons were located in Paddock’s hotel room, but it was not immediately clear what type of weapons were recovered.

Police reported more than 50 people were dead and more than 400 people were injured in the shooting.

According to Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, over 50 were killed in the shooting, though that toll could rise, as he noted that police were still investigating the scene, Washington Post reported.

According to police, an estimated 406 people were taken to area hospitals after the shooting.

Authorities did not immediately specify how many of the people were wounded by gunfire or injured in the chaotic frenzy.

On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and dozens more were wounded after a gunman Omar Mateen opened fire and took hostages at Pulse, a LGBT-friendly nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Mateen was later killed following a standoff with police. Mateen was a lone-wolf shooter, using a rifle and handgun he’d purchased legally. While family and friends initially said Mateen had not been radicalized, call logs from the night of the shooting show that the shooter was “saying he pledges to the ISIL.”

On April 16, 2007, 23-year-old Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus before killing himself. The dead included 27 students and five faculty members. Another 17 people were injured. Days after the shooting, the worst school shooting in the nation’s history, NBC News received a package from Cho that contained a video of him ranting about rich “brats” and complaining about being bullied.

On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 28 people, including himself, his mother, 20 elementary school kids and six school staff and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza suffered from extreme mental health issues that weren’t treated, and was preoccupied with violence, a report from state officials found. He also had easy access to weapons.

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