An active gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing 50 people and leaving more than 400 injured in what has already been classified as the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Our condolences go out to the families who lost loved ones tonight. Thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragedy.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the shooter has been identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old white man from Mesquite, Nevada, who was found dead in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, directly across the street from the event.
Paddock opened fire at approximately 10:08 p.m., unleashing a spray of bullets on a more than 22,000 concert-goers who came to see country music stars Eric Church, Sam Hunt, and Jason Aldean—who was reportedly on stage when the shooting began.
According to the Clark County Fire Department, an estimated 406 injured people, some in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals following the shooting. Among the dead was an off-duty LVMPD officer, whose name has been withheld at this time, pending the police investigation.
During the early morning press conference, LVMPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that police identified numerous firearms in the gunman’s room. “It’s going to be a long and tedious investigation,” Lombardo said. “We’re bringing in all the resources of the FBI to assist us in this investigation, in particular, to the victims, with their advocates, and their CSI folks to help us process the scene and ensure that we’re getting all the evidence we can possibly obtain.”
Two on-duty officers were also injured, one of whom was upgraded from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.
The investigation is still ongoing. FBI is asking anyone with video or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.LVMPD and Clark County Coroner’s Office have also set up a hotline for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this incident. The hotline is only to take reports on missing people. The number is (866) 535-5654. LVMPD also opened up a family reunification center at its headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd. in Building B.
— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) October 2, 2017
The identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are
asking the public for patience.
For those wishing to give blood for the injured victims of the shooting, United Blood Services have been taking donations since 7 a.m. this morning, at two locations: 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas or 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson.UMC will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services. It will be held at UMC’s Delta Point Building located at 901 N. Rancho Lane.
In response to the tragic events in Las Vegas, late Sunday evening, several country, rock and pop music stars have come forward to send their condolences. This is the second large-scale attack on concert-goers this year, following a terrorist attack last May, which killed 22 concert-goers in Manchester, England.
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) October 2, 2017
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
CMA & the Country Music community are deeply saddened today and send our support and prayers to all the victims in Las Vegas.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) October 2, 2017
There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 2, 2017