A concertgoer captured the moment a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing scores of people and wounding hundreds of others. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing when the gunfire began.
A gunman opened fire from a hotel room above a packed, outdoor concert in Las Vegas, killing at least 50, wounding 400 more and prompting chaos as the panicked crowd scrambled for cover or simply ducked to avoid the onslaught from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, was found dead by officers who stormed his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Lombardo did not directly address the issue of terrorism, but described Paddock as “a distraught person intent on causing mass casualties.”
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “We believe he was the sole aggressor.”
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15 after receiving reports of an active shooter at the Route 91 Harvest festival, near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at about 10:10 p.m. local time.
Ivetta Saldana, who was attending the festival, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal she hid in a sewer after the shooting began.
“It was was a horror show,” she said. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
Witnesses said they saw multiple victims and dozens of ambulances. Some concert-goers huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.
Lombardo said at least 10 guns were found in Paddock’s room.
The White House said President Trump “has been briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.”
“We are monitoring the situation…