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Multiple casualties in shooting at Las Vegas music concert

2 October 2017 11:09


At least two people have been killed and 24 others injured in a mass shooting at a music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Las Vegas Police Department advised people in a statement on Sunday night to stay away from Mandalay Bay Casino on the south end of the Vegas strip on Las Vegas Boulevard and across from McCarran International Airport.

Police said they gunned down one suspect, and that there was no other active shooter in the city.

“Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time,” LVMPD said in a tweet.

Several people including a police officer had been shot at a nearby outdoor concert, according to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. At least 14 of the injured were in critical condition.

Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by AFP)


Police also asked onlookers to avoid sharing “tactical positions” of its officers on the internet out of fear that it would endanger the operation.

One Twitter user claimed the hotel was on lockdown, while others, citing police scanners, said there were two shooters on the 32nd floor of the hotel who had shot at a bodyguard and police. Authorities were yet to confirm any of those details.

Special SWAT units were deployed to the scene of the shooting. Police had shut down the strip.

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