In what is being described as the deadliest shooting in US history, at least 50 people have been killed and over 400 injured, many of those reported to be critical.
The shooting took place in the early hours of this morning at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, an outdoor event in Las Vegas. The shooting began during the last performance of the night by country music star Jason Aldean.
As the people in the crowd began to flee, the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of gunshots sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage, a witness told the Associated Press.
The gunman has been named as local man, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on the crowd from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Hotel. Sources say he is known to have been living in a retirement home about an hour from the scene of the attack.
Paddock’s hotel room was stormed by police following the shooting. He was found dead, reportedly having shot himself just before they entered the room. A number of high-powered rifles were found in the room.
Clark County sheriff, Joe Lombardo, has said that, “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static. We don’t know what his belief system was.”
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