The death toll in the Las Vegas shooting has climbed to at least 50 with more than 200 injured – while the suspected gunman has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada.
Described as a “lone wolf” by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Paddock was said to have opened fire from a perch high up in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night – making the incident the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
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Police said Paddock died on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
The “nonstop gunfire,” according to one witness, sent bystanders outside the resort on the Vegas strip ducking for cover and scrambling for their lives. Tourists hid in their hotel rooms and flights headed into the McCarran International Airport were held elsewhere.
Speaking on the incident, during a press conference, Lombardo said:
“We are looking at in excess of 50 individuals dead and over 200 individuals injured … Obviously this is a tragic incident and one that we have never experienced in this valley. My condolences go out to the loved ones.”
“That number for family and friends to get an update on loved ones is 1866 535 5654.”
“One [of our officers] was critical but is stable and one of my officers was off duty attending the concert and lost his life.”
“The suspect’s name is Stephen Paddock, with a date of birth of four nine of 1953. As far as history and background, we haven’t completed that part of the investigation.”
“We located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied. All’s we know is that they were rifles. We are executing a search warrant on the room. We have officers at his residence, and we will be executing a search warrant there also shortly.”
“It is going to be a long and tedious investigation. We are bringing in all the resources of the FBI to assist us in this investigation, in particular to their victim witness advocates and their CSI folks to help us process the scene and ensure that we are getting all the evidence that we can possibly obtain.”
“We have located the vehicles that I had put out in the first briefing. We are confident but not 100% sure that we have located the female person of interest. I want the people to feel confident and calm that we have accomplished a lot in short period of time.”
Videos filmed by onlookers gave a window into the chaos that ensued, with some thinking that fireworks were going off.