Being considered the deadliest shooting in United States history, more than 50 people were killed and 200 injured by a gunman in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Over the weekend, a lone gunman opened fire during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada with more than 50 people killed and 200 injured. The gunman opened fire from a hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, with the incident now being considered the most deadly shooting in modern-day United States history.
As of Monday morning, the news has continued to pour in as to exactly what happened in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival took place over the weekend and was finishing up Sunday night when the gunfire began. Witnesses began to hear non-stop gunfire, with the crowd trying to find cover where there was none. Concert-goers dove to the ground as shots were fired, piling on top of friends and family members in the hopes of avoiding injury or death.
Videos from cell phones have been shown on YouTube as well as news outlets, showing different views of what happened during the shooting. While some videos show how concert goers hit the ground while gun fire rained down, others showed the aftermath, as people were being brought out on stretchers and even pushed in wheelbarrows. Everyone was coming together in order to help the injured after the gunfire finally stopped.
What Took Place
It was nearing the end of the concert when Jason Aldean was on stage, the headliner of the event. Other performers for the evening were Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Big & Rich and Dylan Scott. As the shooting began, everyone took cover, including the country stars. Jake Owen commented in a CNN interview that he was lying on the ground in the middle of his tour bus with others and could continually hear the gun fire.
Witnesses who were there at the time describe what sounded like semi-automatic gunfire. The event has been compared to a war zone as the shots would not stop coming. Many on the scene felt like the gunfire was coming from the area near the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Authorities found that Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Mesquite, Nevada was located in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel where he used the high vantage point to shoot into the crowd of the concert.
Once officers were able to gain access to the hotel room, at least eight weapons were found, including long rifles. Paddock has been confirmed as deceased but it is currently unknown as to if the police shot him or if he shot himself.
So far, there is no link to terrorism overseas or with any terrorist organization. There was a woman that authorities were calling a ‘person of interest’ that is not believed to be involved in the shooting but was apparently in contact with the shooter in the hotel room. Her name is Marilou Danley. According to the most recent reports, she is no longer a person of interest and has been spoken to by detectives in Las Vegas. Danley is not believed to have been involved in the actual shooting but she may be able to provide details about the shooter that could prove helpful to police in determining why this act took place.
More than 400 people were taken to the hospital in Las Vegas to be treated for injuries sustained during the shooting. More information on this incident should be revealed as police continue with their investigation.