THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

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50 Dead 400 Hurt in Las Vegas mas SHOOTING – Deadliest in US History


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A lone gunman released a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others attending a country music festival below, police said.

It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

The shooter, who was identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot from a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the crowd of about 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.

“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,” witness Meghan Kearney told MSNBC. “When we started running out, there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.”

She added: “People kept dropping and dropping … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET). Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters early Monday that authorities believe Paddock killed himself before police entered his room. Earlier, officials had said police fatally shot Paddock.

The suspect is believed to have checked into the hotel on Sept. 28, Lombardo said, and had an “excess of 10 rifles” in his room.

It was not clear whether Paddock had specifically requested a room on a high floor that overlooked the concert venue or whether he had prevented housekeepers from entering his room in the days prior.

Flags at the White House and U.S. Capitol were lowered at half-staff on Monday. President Donald Trump said he will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday and called the shooting “an act of pure evil.”

“Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the loss of a loved one,” Trump said at a press conference. “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you.”

The shooting is not believed to be connected to international terrorism. Authorities have not said what kinds of weapons were found.

Former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Bill Young’s 22-year-old daughter was at the concert. Young told MSNBC his daughter said the weapon “sounded like a machine gun” and that she and her friends took cover under a desk.

The shooting started while performer Jason Aldean was onstage. Witnesses described a chaotic scene of back-to-back bullets raining down from above, lasting for up to 10 minutes.

Fellow performer Jake Owen said he was standing about 50 feet away from Aldean when the shots started.

“It got faster and faster, almost like it was an automatic rifle,” Owen said. “At that point, everyone on stage started running everywhere.”

Owen dashed by victims covered in blood and eventually found shelter in his bus. The gunfire still hadn’t stopped by the time he got there, he said.

“It wasn’t something that was quick. It was chaos for a pure seven to 10 minutes,” he said.