LAS VEGAS — A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing 59 people and leaving 527 injured as thousands of frantic concert-goers screamed and ran for their lives, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
President Trump called the attack “” and said the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are working with local authorities in the investigation. Mr. Trump spoke with Nevada’s governor and the mayor and sheriff of Las Vegas, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Mr. Trump held a moment of silence for the victims Monday afternoon and will travel Wednesday to Las Vegas.
Aaron Rouse, the FBI special agent in charge in Las Vegas, said investigators found “no connection with an international terrorist group” during a press conference earlier Monday.
Late Monday evening, officials held another press conference and announced that there are no known threats in the Las Vegas area, according to Las Vegas Asst. Sheriff Todd Fasulo.
Authorities said loved ones or friends can call 1-800-536-9488 to report anyone missing in the wake of the fatal shooting.
Country music starwas performing Sunday night at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman opened fire across the street from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.
SWAT teams quickly descended on the concert and the casino, and officers used explosives to get into the hotel room where the suspect was inside, authorities said.
The shooter: Stephen Paddock
The gunman was found dead at the scene and was identified by Lombardo as, 64, from Mesquite, Nevada. Investigators are still trying to discern Paddock’s motive.
Authorities recovered a total of 42…