Ve­gas hor­ror af­ter deadly shoot­ing

Mas­sacre: 515 in­jured as ‘lone wolf ’ opens fire on 22,000 con­cert-go­ers

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SALLY HO

At least 58 peo­ple have died and more than 515 peo­ple were in­jured in the worst ever mass shoot­ing in mod­ern US his­tory at an out­door con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

The gun­man, 64-yearold Stephen Craig Pad­dock, of Mesquite, Ne­vada, was found dead in a room in the Man­dalay Bay Ho­tel and Casino on Las Ve­gas Strip with as many as 10 guns.

Swat of­fi­cers who stormed the gun­man’s room found he had killed him­self.

More than 400 peo­ple were taken to hospi­tal af­ter shots were fired on con­cert-go­ers at the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on the mo­tive for the at­tack. The US Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment said there was no “spe­cific cred­i­ble threat” in­volv­ing other pub­lic venues in Amer­ica.

On Twit­ter, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May wrote: “The UK’s thoughts are with the vic­tims and the emergency ser­vices re­spond­ing to the ap­palling at­tack in Las Ve­gas.”

For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son said he was “hor­ri­fied” by the at­tack, and that his thoughts were with those caught up in it.

The For­eign Of­fice said it was in con­tact with au­thor­i­ties in Las Ve­gas and that it was “ready to help” any Bri­tish peo­ple af­fected.

Coun­try mu­sic star Ja­son Aldean was per­form­ing

“You could hear that the noise was com­ing from west of us, from Man­dalay Bay”

on Sun­day night at the end of the three-day fes­ti­val in front of a crowd of 22,000 when the gun­man opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Man­dalay Bay Ho­tel and Casino.

Aldean was in the mid­dle of a song when the shoot­ing be­gan. Video of the in­ci­dent then showed Aldean stop­ping his per­for­mance and the crowd be­com­ing quiet.

The gun­man then fired an­other vol­ley, the muz­zle flashes vis­i­ble from the casino, as more vic­tims fell to the ground, while oth­ers fled in panic.

Wit­ness Ko­diak Yazzie, 36, said the mu­sic stopped tem­po­rar­ily when the first shots be­gan. Af­ter the song started up again, the sec­ond round of pops sent the per­form­ers duck­ing for cover and flee­ing the stage.

“It was the cra­zi­est stuff I’ve ever seen in my en­tire life,” Mr Yazzie said. “You could hear that the noise was com­ing from west of us, from Man­dalay Bay. You could see a flash-flash-flash-flash.”

Monique Du­mas from Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, said she was at the con­cert, six rows from the stage, when she thought she heard a bot­tle break­ing, and then a burst of pop­ping sounds that may have been fire­works.

She said it had been “or­gan­ised chaos” as ev­ery­one fled.

“It took four to five minutes and all that time there was gun­fire.”

Clark County Sher­iff Joseph Lom­bardo said of­fi­cers believe this was a “lone wolf ” at­tack. Among those killed were two off­duty po­lice of­fi­cers who were at­tend­ing the con­cert. Two on-duty of­fi­cers were wounded, in­clud­ing one who un­der­went surgery and was up­graded to sta­ble con­di­tion, po­lice said.

Hours af­ter the shoot­ing, Aldean posted on In­sta­gram that he and his crew were safe and that the shoot­ing was “be­yond hor­rific”.

Be­fore Sun­day, the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern US his­tory took place in June 2016, when a gun­man opened fire at a gay night­club in Or­lando, Florida, killing 49 peo­ple.

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