Las Vegas shooting: death toll rises to 50 as police name suspect – latest updates

|thegardian|The shooting happened during a concert by country music star Jason Aldred. What we know so far

  • Las Vegas Police Department has so far confirmed that two off-duty police officers were among more than 50 people killed in the attack. One worked for the LVPD. At least two on-duty officers were also injured in the attack. One is in a stable condition after surgery and another with minor injuries.
  • Police in Mesquite, where Paddock’s home is being searched, says he did not have a criminal record.
  • “We don’t have a lot on Mr. Paddock. He does live here in our city. We have not had any law enforcement contact with him in the past,” Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department, said.
  • In their records, there is no report of any contact with Paddock – no calls for service, no arrests, not even a record of a traffic stop.
  • Mesquite is a quiet city of about 20,000 people, a “retirement and golf community” with three large casinos that averages about one murder a year, Averett said.
  • At least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured at a country music festival in Las Vegas, in the worst mass shooting in US history. Two police officers are among the dead.
  • The shooter was named by police as Stephen Paddock who at 64 years old is the oldest mass shooter in US history. Several rifles were found in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel where he fired multiple rounds at the concert goers at the Route 91 harvest country music festival.
  • Paddock was a described as a “lone wolf” with no known links to terrorist groups. His motives are unknown. A Swat team used a controlled explosion to enter his hotel room on the 32nd of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
  • Police believe they have located Paddock companion Marilou Danley after launching a public hunt for her. She is wanted for questioning and is described as a person of interest.
  • Paddock’s house in Mesquite, Nevada is being searched. His two vehicles have been found.
  • Donald Trump tweeted his condolences and sympathies. His planned trip to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico has been delayed.
  • Jason Aldean, the country music star who was performing as the shooting took place, described the scene as “beyond horrific”. He said he and his crew were safe, but added: “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
  • Concertgoers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel and several videos of the aftermath show hundreds of people fleeing in panic as shots continued. Around 40,000 people were attending the festival.
  • Some flights have resumed at the city’s McCarran International airport after all planes were temporarily grounded on Sunday evening.

 

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