Authorities have identified 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., as the suspected gunman in the massacre that left at least 50 dead and more than 400 wounded Sunday night at a Las Vegas casino.
Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the crowd of 22,000 gathered below to watch Jason Aldean perform at the Route 91 Harvest Concert. SWAT officers found him dead after breaching the door to his hotel room. Authorities later said they believe he committed suicide.
Authorities have not yet completed a background check on Paddock, who is identified as a white man, but did find several unspecified weapons in his hotel room, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a press conference at 1:30 Monday morning.
406 people were transported to the hospital including two on duty Las Vegas police officers. One unnamed off duty officer is among the dead, according to an LVMPD press release. Massacre At Mandalay: Las Vegas Gunman Kills At Least 50 At Country Music Concert [VIDEO]
Police have located the suspect’s wife, Marilou Danley, a 62-year-old Asian female, believed to have been traveling with Paddock prior to the attack. They do not believe she was involved in the incident.
Meghan Karney described the horrific scene that unfolded after the shots began to rein down on the concert.
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” she told MSNBC.
“People kept dropping and dropping… People were getting shot one foot away from us,” she said. “People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot too.”
Videos taken at the scene show mass hysteria as gun shots rang out and the band fled the stage.
— Luke Broadlick (@LukeBroadlick) October 2, 2017
Authorities have not yet determined Paddock’s motivation or any ideological commitments that may have prompted the attack.
(First reported by The Daily Caller) http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/02/deadliest-mass-shooter-in-us-history-identified/ (October 2, 2017)
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