Late Sunday night, horror broke out on the Las Vegas strip when a shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel opened fire on a large outdoor concert taking place. At the time, country singer Jason Aldean was performing. The shots lasted for 10 to 15 minutes as people ran for their lives. There has numerous video footage of the incident taking place. As of now, police have not determined it as a terrorist attack.
— Victor Hernandez 🚀 (@ToTheVictor) October 2, 2017
Witnesses described the gunfire as “never ending,” and “round after round.”
“It just kept coming,” one of the witnesses, Robyn Webb, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It was relentless.”
We still do not know any of the victims’ identities yet. The sheriff responsible stated that there were off-duty officers attending the concert who may have died. There were so many people affected by this incident that it will be some time before names are released to the public.
“Obviously this is a tragic incident. And one that we have never seen in the valley,” Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo told CNN.
The shooter has been identified as 64 year old Las Vegas native, Stephen Paddock. He was later shot and killed by SWAT units. Police have also named Paddock’s female roommate, Marilou Danley, as a “person of interest” in the shooting.
As of now, it has now been determined that this is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, tragically surpassing Orlando’s pulse shooting that took place a little over a year ago. The fact that these two events in history weren’t that far from each other is absolutely terrifying. There have already been 337 other mass shooting in the US in 2017.
Jason Aldean has released a statement, letting everyone know he and his crew is okay.
Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate
If any friends or family were there in Las Vegas and you haven’t heard from them, call 1-800-535-5654. This will let you know about the whereabouts and conditions of the concert goers.
A tragic & heinous act of violence has shaken the #Nevada family. Our prayers are w/ the victims & all affected by this act of cowardice.
— Governor Sandoval (@GovSandoval) October 2, 2017
Our thoughts and hearts go out to all the victims in this horrid incident.
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