Las Vegas: More than 50 people killed in mass shooting at a music festival


At least 50 people have lost their lives in a mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas. About 200 people were wounded when a gunman opened indiscriminate fire on those present. The incident unfolded on Monday, at around 4:08 (AEST).

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The main suspect has been identified as a local resident who was firing an automatic rifle. The suspect was firing from the 32nd floor of a hotel and casino across from the outdoor concert. The attacker was gunned down by police. Police have identified the attacker as 64-year-old, Stephen Paddock, whom they believe to the only attacker.

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Sheriff Joseph Lombardo talking during a news conference said: “Now as far as number of victims, I cannot give you an accurate number at this point. We have well in excess of a hundred-plus injured and excess of 20-plus that have died. We have no idea what his belief system was. Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”

The police are also looking for a woman believed to be companion of the attacker. Sgt. Jeff Clark, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed in a news conference: “We have numerous victims right now. I don’t have a number.” Las Vegas police have confirmed that more than 50 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the incident.

“We hit the floor, so everyone was just literally laying on top of each other, trying to get out of the way. The shots just kept coming so we were going down, and when we got down there was a man who was shot right there. They were trying to take him out, he was all bloody, and he was unconscious. One of my friends was helping him out and they got him out and we ran,” local media quotes an eye witness.