The Las Vegas shooting last night sent concert goers fleeing as a gunman opened fire multiple times into the crowd.
The Las Vegas Police Department has confirmed that at this time that there are least 58 people dead and more than 500 others were injured.
The mass shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
The Las Vegas police named 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Police, upon locating the gunman, found him to be deceased.
Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2017
The Las Vegas shooting has been named the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
What We Know About the Las Vegas Shooting
Law enforcement said the gunman began firing at approximately 10:08 p.m. aiming for a concert underway across the street. The shots came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The Las Vegas shooting scene stayed active at 3:30 a.m. and citizens were told to stay away from the area.
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The shooter, now deceased, was Stephen Craig Paddock, age 64. His birth date is April 9, 1953.
Paddock does not appear to have any known ties to terrorist entities. Las Vegas Police say that there is no known motive at this time.
Paddock lived on Babbling Brook Court in Mesquite, Nevada, since June 2016. He had also lived in Henderson, Nevada. Public records show that Paddock had lived in various locations in California in the 1990’s.
From 2011 to 2016, Paddock had lived in Reno, Nevada. He also had an address in Melbourne, Florida starting in 2013 through 2015.
“He is dead, currently,” Sheriff Lombardo said. “We don’t know what his belief system was at this time.”
“Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said last night. “We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat.”
NBC News reported that Clark County Sheriff, Joseph Lombardo, stated that Paddock had a criminal record and was known to local law enforcement. Public records, however, do list any criminal convictions for Paddock in the state of Nevada.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that “numerous firearms” were found in the hotel room. A search of Paddock’s house is underway.
Police sought and found Paddock’s companion and alleged roommate, 62 year-old Asian female named Marilou Danley.
Police are also trying to locate two vehicles allegedly owned by Paddock, a Hyundai Tucson Nevada (Nevada plate 114B40) and a Chrysler Pacifica (Nevada plate 79D401).
President Trump Addresses the Las Vegas Shooting
President Trump appeared in front of the media earlier today and made brief remarks about the Las Vegas shooting.
“It was an act of pure evil,” said President Trump.
“Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack,” said the President.
Trump said that, “We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.”
President Trump stated in his remarks that he would be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the victims families.
The President’s full remarks can be viewed at WhiteHouse.gov.
Las Vegas Shooting Updates
According to Reuters, ISIS has claimed that Paddock is one of their “soldiers” and was a recent convert to Islam. This claim has not been substantiated as of this update.
The Mandalay Bay Resort, where Stephen Paddock launched his deadly attack from, issued the following statement:
Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims of last night's tragic events. We’re grateful for the immediate actions of our first responders. pic.twitter.com/Arf8edj1iZ
— Mandalay Bay Resort (@MandalayBay) October 2, 2017
Reports vary, however there were between 17 and 18 weapons found in the hotel room occupied by Paddock at the Mandalay Bay. Some outlets have reported that Paddock had installed surveillance cameras in the hall outside his room so that he could view anyone approaching.
Multiple outlets speculated that Paddock had used an automatic weapon, but law enforcement has yet to confirm that claim. Law enforcement has indicated that devices known as ‘bump-stocks’ or ‘bump-fire stocks’ were attached to the stocks of two semi-automatic guns found in Paddock’s room. Bump-fire stocks allow regular rifles to mimic fully automatic gunfire by using the recoil of the weapon to activate the trigger over and over.
Several gun stores in Nevada and in Utah have reported that Paddock had frequented them in recent months. Paddock bought several firearms, including a shotgun, after passing federal background checks.
Las Vegas Shooter’s Brother Speaks
Eric Paddock, brother of the gunman, spoke to multiple media outlets. The brother says Stephen Paddock was not religious or political, that he had no apparent money troubles and was actual a “multimillionaire” who has worked in real estate and accounting.
According to multiple sources, Eric Paddock said his brother was “not a normal guy.” Eric Paddock said his brother frequently played high stakes video poker and one time, “texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine.”
The Las Vegas shooter’s father, who ran a bingo operation in the 1960’s, was at one time wanted by the FBI. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock made the FBI’s most wanted list after he escaped from a Texas prison.
Las Vegas Police Updates
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told media that “several pounds” of ammonium nitrate was found in a car owned by Paddock. Ammonium nitrate is a common bomb making component.
Sheriff Lombardo also reported that 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition were found in the Mesquite, Nevada home of Stephen Paddock.
Las Vegas Police reported that they lost one of their officers, who was off duty at the time. Two other officers were also injured but stable.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
Two on-duty LVMPD officers were injured during the shooting. One is in stable condition after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
The Las Vegas Police and the City of Las Vegas urge people looking for their loved ones who might be missing due to the attack Sunday night to call the following number: 1-866-535-5654.
Sheriff Lombardo spoke with President Trump, who offered his support and sympathy:
— Joseph Lombardo (@Sheriff_LVMPD) October 2, 2017
The FBI is asking for anyone with videos or photos relating to the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324. The FBI and Clark County Sheriff are still investigating.