Vegas horror after deadly shooting
Massacre: 515 injured as ‘lone wolf ’ opens fire on 22,000 concert-goers
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.