AT least 59 people have been killed in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Gun maniac Stephen Paddock opened fire on country music fans in Las Vegas from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay sending gig-goers running for their lives. Here’s what we know…
How many Las Vegas shooting victims are there?
Police have confirmed at least 59 people died in the horror. Two police officers were among those shot, with at least one killed.
The first victims have been named as;
- Sonny Melton, 29-year-old nurse
- Denise Gesford Chambers
- Jordan McIldoon, 23
- Quinton Robbins, 20
- Jessica Klymchuk, 28
- Jenny Parks
- Susan Smith, 53
- Adrian Murfitt, 35
- John Phippen
- Rhonda LeRocque
- Dana Gardner
- Lisa Romero
- Bailey Schweitzer
The devastating attack surpasses the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub last year, which saw 49 people killed.
Horrifying video shows blood-soaked concert-goers running in terror from the Route 91 country music festival after hundreds of rounds were fired from a nearby Mandalay Bay Resort Casino balcony.
Around 527 people have been taken to hospital after the shooting.
What happened in Las Vegas?
Hundreds of people were forced to dive for cover after gunfire erupted during a set at the open air Route 91 Harvest Festival.
At least 59 people have died and 527 have been taken to hospital as the gunman sprayed bullets into the crowds from a Mandalay Bay Hotel balcony.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in “several” people with gunshot wounds.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department asked people to avoid the southend of the Strip, saying parts had been shut down as they investigated reports of an active shooter.
The Las Vegas strip was put on lockdown as cops raced to the scene.
People ran to the nearby airport for cover, with other hotels in lockdown
The shooting took place at around 22:30 (05:30 GMT).
The gunman is now “down”. Police have confirmed the shooter was a “lone wolf” and was found dead by armed police who stormed the hotel room.
He has been named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.
All flights in and out of Las Vegas were cancelled following the horror shooting.
Travellers were left in limbo as services into McCarran Airport were either cancelled or diverted to other airports in the US and Canada.
Who is Stephen Paddock?
Stephen Paddock, 64, is from Mesquite, Nevada and was identified by police as the shooter at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Police confirmed the gunman was a “lone wolf” who had an unknown motive and was not believed to be connected to any extremist or militant groups.
Stephen Paddock was found dead by armed police as they stormed the hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that police has located a number of firearms in the hotel room used for the shooting.
The gunman’s female companion Marilou Danley was identified as a person of interest in the investigation and is currently sought by police.