11 | DIC | 2019
People wait in a medical staging area after a mass shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada – Photo: Steve Marcus/REUTERS

Mass shooting at Las Vegas music festival

Las Vegas
Devika Krishna Kumar & Alexandria Sage
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At least 58 people were killed and 515 were injured

On Sunday, a 64-year-old man with multiple machine guns rained down gunfire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel to a country music festival, slaughtering at least 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history before killing himself.

The barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of 22,000 people lasted several minutes, sparking panic. At least 515 people were injured as some fleeing fans trampled each other while police scrambled to locate the shooter.

Shocked concertgoers, some with blood on their clothing, wandered streets, where the flashing lights of the city’s gaudy casinos blended with those of emergency vehicles.

Today, police identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada. They said they believed he acted alone and did not know why he attacked the crowd.

According to Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, the gunman killed himself before police entered the hotel room he was firing from.

Lombardo said there were more than 10 rifles in the room where Paddock killed himself including multiple machine guns, according to a law enforcement official, and several more weapons were found at Paddock’s home in Mesquite, about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Las Vegas.


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