Sunday night a Las Vegas country music festival was ambushed by a gunman who unloaded his weapons on the crowd. It has been reported by police that at least 50 people were killed and more than 400 were injured.
It is the ‘worst mass shooting in modern American history,’ says NBC.
The shooter took aim on the festival — hosting about 22,000 fans — from his room on the 32nd floor. The man has been identified by authorities as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada.
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” said Meghan Kearney, a witness of the attack.
“People kept dropping and dropping… People were getting shot one foot away from us,” she said. “People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”
Via NBC: Officials said it was unclear when Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and whether he had specifically requested a room on a high floor that overlooked the concert venue.
Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET), and fatally shot the suspect in the hotel, officials said.
The shooting is not believed to be connected to international terrorism.
Authorities said they found “multiple” weapons in Paddock’s room after using explosives to enter. It was not immediately clear what kinds of weapons were found.
The shooting started while performer Jason Aldean was onstage, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference.
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