Local 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was found dead by police after shooting into a 30,000 strong crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Paddock shot from across the street on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
58 people are confirmed dead and more than 500 people are injured so far. Several artists performing at the music festival reported hearing gunshots, others saying it was rapid gun-machine fire as thousands of concert-goers ran for cover. Numerous firearms were found in Paddock’s hotel room.
Witnesses near the Mandalay Bay report seeing multiple ambulances in the area, and two off-duty police officers have been killed. “The firing came from somewhere high and they were unloading clip after clip after clip,” said one concert goer. “It was hundreds of shots.”
An Australian witness staying at the Mandalay Bay hotel told CNN that there was mayhem as the shots broke out. “The initial gun shots were machine-gun fire,” he said. “We knew it was chaos and mayhem because people were running out of everywhere.” He also described scenes of chaos when police came across a group of guests taking cover. “We were tucked away, about 12 of us, in a car park thing, and the SWAT team came and said hands up,” he said.
Another witness said: “Police said run and we started running.” Mandalay Bay is located on the south end of the Vegas strip and across from McCarran International Airport.
Police have shut down Las Vegas Blvd and the airport and are urging the public to stay away. Music Festival victims of the gunman have been, transported to hospitals after the mass shooting,the worst in Americas history.