Las Vegas shooting: At least 20 dead in concert attack near Mandalay Bay – latest news

Las Vegas shooting: At least 20 dead in concert attack near Mandalay Bay - latest news

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 200  injured  at an open-air country music festival in Las Vegas  in the worst  mass shooting in US history.

Terror spread through  the city’s famous strip as 64-year-old  gunman Stephen Paddock launched an attack from  the  32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino,  unloading  hundreds of rounds of ammunition from an automatic weapon towards concert-goers.

Police confirmed the attacker – described as a lone wolf – was a local resident who has  been shot and killed by officers.

The attacker’s motive is unknown, but  the Las Vegas sheriff said his  female travelling companion – Marilou Danley – was sought as a person of interest . Police later said they believed she had been located.

An estimated 40,000 people dived for cover as hundreds of rounds of shots rained down on the crowd during the  Route 91 Harvest Festival  at about 10.20pm on  Sunday local time (6.20am Monday BST).

Witnesses earlier claimed the attack involved two or three gunmen and there were reports of other incidents at different locations. But police said  they believe the dead suspect acted alone.

We have in excess of 100-plus injured and excess of 20-plus that have died at this point, Las  Vegas  Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a press conference, adding that two off-duty police officers are believed to be among the dead.

The shooting came towards the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival while  Jason Aldean, the American country music singer, was on stage.

Mr Aldean posted on Instagram that he and his crew are safe, as he said: My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

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The death toll rising to more than 50 makes the  Las Vegas concert attack the deadliest mass shooting in modern US  history.

More than 50 people died in the Las Vegas shooting, police revealed, as the gunman was named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. More than 200 people have been injured.

Police also believe they have located Marilou Danley, the woman who was earlier described as the attacker’s companion .

The Las Vegas attack was  the deadliest shooting in the United States since 49 people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.

Here’s a quick explanation of the Route 91 Harvest Festival

Jake Owen, a country singer who  was among the 40,000 strong crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival tweeted after hearing gun shots:

Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.

He later described seeing the most unimaginable event tonight… we are okay… others aren’t .

Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.

Owen also described how gun shots were ringing off the stage :

Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thank you LVPD and responders for keeping us safe

A concert-goer told how he heard what sounded like fireworks while watching Jason Aldean on stage – before the terrifying realisation they were in fact rounds of automatic gunfire.

Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, Mr Yazzie took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.

He said that bursts of gunfire could be heard for more than five minutes.

Another  witness told ABC: I was at the concert there and Jason Aldean was playing, it kind of sounded like some fireworks going off.

I think there was the first volley, and in the second volley my buddy was like ‘I just got hit’, got hit three times, and people started diving for the ground and it was pretty much chaotic.

Las Vegas shooting witness: Lots of people got hit … One guy ended up dying in my arms #LasVegas pic.twitter.com/kzPzeFhFFe

Lots of people got hit, it took a while to get them out, we got to get them over the fence and hiding under the stage for a while to be safe.

Finally we had to move him because we had three chest wounds. Finally we got them out here, we got four people in the back of a truck but we had to turn them around because there was an active shooter.

We finally got an ambulance right across the street here, we got two of the guys in, one guy ended up dying in my arms. My buddy got in there and we got three more people in the ambulance.

I just got a message from my buddy and he’s going to be OK .

Another  witness told KSNV-TV that he heard clip after clip after clip – bullets flying everywhere .

Fox News heard from a concert-goer, who said: I heard what sounded like gunfire, and then people on stage started scrambling and everybody just kind of ran from that point.

I stayed local in the concert venue, hid behind a little table, until everybody cleared and then I went out and there were a couple of bodies there and I started loading them into the back of a truck.  

One of them looked like she was probably dead, the other two, I’m not sure.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Britain’s thoughts are with the victims of what she called an appalling attack in Las  Vegas:

PM ?? The UK ??s thoughts are with the victims and the emergency services responding to the appalling attack in Las Vegas.

Police have not named the Las Vegas attacker, whom they described as a lone wolf ,  but have said they are seeking his travelling companion – Marilou Danley.

Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said:   We are interested in a companion that is travelling with him [the suspect].

Her name is Marilou Danley. She is  an Asian female, approximately 4ft 11in, weight of 111lbs.

We have not located her at this time and we are interested in talking to her for follow-up.

A LinkedIn account for a  Marilou Danley, of  Reno, Nevada, describes herself as a gambling and casinos professional.

Despite earlier reports of multiple attackers, police believe the gunman was  a local Las  Vegas resident  who acted alone.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las  Vegas  Metropolitan Police Department, said the suspect was not believed to be connected to any militant groups. He did not release his name.

We have no idea what his belief system was, Mr Lombardo  said. Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.

Police are searching for two vehicles associated with the gunman:

We ??re searching for two vehicles associated with the shooter: Hyundai Tucson Nevada/114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Nevada/79D401. https://t.co/pVyGvN7ZqV

The Las Vegas sheriff has revealed that at least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in the concert attack.

He said the gunman – believed to have been a local man who was holed up on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel – has been killed after officers  confronted him.  

Off-duty police officers are believe to be among those killed.

Jason Aldean, the country music singer who was on stage at the time of the attack, has posted on Instagram to let fans know that he is safe, adding: My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight.

Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate

A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on Oct 2, 2017 at 1:17am PDT

The Southern California police department says an off-duty officer was shot during Las Vegas concert attack. The officer’s condition is unknown.

The number of attackers involved in the Las Vegas shooting remains unclear. These witnesses have told a local NBC reporter that he is convinced that  multiple gunmen were behind the attack, saying that hundreds of shots rained down on the crowd.

Witnesses tell me people were getting shot around them #LasVegas @news3lv pic.twitter.com/xUOELxFupH

After saying that one suspect is down , police have released an update that they do not believe there are any more gunmen. It is not known if this means that earlier reports of multiple gunmen were wrong – or if other suspects have been caught.  

At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters. More information to come shortly from @Sheriff_LVMPD.

Concert-goers reported seeing flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Witnesses said they saw multiple victims as they fled the gunfire raining down on the open-air concert venue nearby.

Police officers were seen taking  cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay.

Some concert  goers sought refuge in the  basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel and casino.

As the situation remains active, Las Vegas’s McCarran international airport has temporarily halted all inbound and outbound flights.

Police in Las Vegas say that one  suspect is down after the mass shooting. It is not known if any other attackers are at large.

pic.twitter.com/0BDgd9Mygt

A Las Vegas Hospital spokesman has confirmed that at least two people have been killed and 24 injured  with suspected gunshot wounds. At least 14 of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.

This video captured by a concert-goer captures the sound of gunfire  during the Route 91 Harvest Festival before hundreds of people dived for cover.

Video courtesy of Drew Akioshi. He was attending the concert at mandalay bay when shooting started. pic.twitter.com/mbyh9Y387q

Several unconfirmed reports on Twitter suggest that   two or three gunmen were  shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel after gunning down a security guard. These reports have not been verified.

There is gunfire coming from the 32nd floor at Mandalay Bay firing on police vehicles on Las Vegas Boulevard. Multiple people down.

I’m on the 6th floor. Shots reported on floor 29 now. Listening to LVPD scanner feed. Security guard shot on 32nd floor.

shots fired mandalay bay. many reported down & many pinned. confirmed multiple dead. shots coming from hotel room possible 2-3 shooters.

This video posted on Twitter from a hotel room appears to capture the sound of automatic gunfire on the Las Vegas Strip below.  

Active shooter Las Vegas strip I’m ok locked in my room lights off windows closed. Shooter is directly across the street. Shots heard on vid pic.twitter.com/Z4mz3E3bmE

We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews

The death toll rising to more than 50 makes the  Las Vegas concert attack the deadliest mass shooting in modern US  history.

More than 50 people died in the Las Vegas shooting, police revealed, as the gunman was named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. More than 200 people have been injured.

Police also believe they have located Marilou Danley, the woman who was earlier described as the attacker’s companion .

The Las Vegas attack was  the deadliest shooting in the United States since 49 people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.

Here’s a quick explanation of the Route 91 Harvest Festival

Jake Owen, a country singer who  was among the 40,000 strong crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival tweeted after hearing gun shots:

Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.

He later described seeing the most unimaginable event tonight… we are okay… others aren’t .

Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.

Owen also described how gun shots were ringing off the stage :

Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thank you LVPD and responders for keeping us safe

A concert-goer told how he heard what sounded like fireworks while watching Jason Aldean on stage – before the terrifying realisation they were in fact rounds of automatic gunfire.

Kodiak Yazzie, 36, said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, Mr Yazzie took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.

He said that bursts of gunfire could be heard for more than five minutes.

Another  witness told ABC: I was at the concert there and Jason Aldean was playing, it kind of sounded like some fireworks going off.

I think there was the first volley, and in the second volley my buddy was like ‘I just got hit’, got hit three times, and people started diving for the ground and it was pretty much chaotic.

Las Vegas shooting witness: Lots of people got hit … One guy ended up dying in my arms #LasVegas pic.twitter.com/kzPzeFhFFe

Lots of people got hit, it took a while to get them out, we got to get them over the fence and hiding under the stage for a while to be safe.

Finally we had to move him because we had three chest wounds. Finally we got them out here, we got four people in the back of a truck but we had to turn them around because there was an active shooter.

We finally got an ambulance right across the street here, we got two of the guys in, one guy ended up dying in my arms. My buddy got in there and we got three more people in the ambulance.

I just got a message from my buddy and he’s going to be OK .

Another  witness told KSNV-TV that he heard clip after clip after clip – bullets flying everywhere .

Fox News heard from a concert-goer, who said: I heard what sounded like gunfire, and then people on stage started scrambling and everybody just kind of ran from that point.

I stayed local in the concert venue, hid behind a little table, until everybody cleared and then I went out and there were a couple of bodies there and I started loading them into the back of a truck.  

One of them looked like she was probably dead, the other two, I’m not sure.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Britain’s thoughts are with the victims of what she called an appalling attack in Las  Vegas:

PM ?? The UK ??s thoughts are with the victims and the emergency services responding to the appalling attack in Las Vegas.

Police have not named the Las Vegas attacker, whom they described as a lone wolf ,  but have said they are seeking his travelling companion – Marilou Danley.

Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning re the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1! pic.twitter.com/Z83XvcHejH

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said:   We are interested in a companion that is travelling with him [the suspect].

Her name is Marilou Danley. She is  an Asian female, approximately 4ft 11in, weight of 111lbs.

We have not located her at this time and we are interested in talking to her for follow-up.

A LinkedIn account for a  Marilou Danley, of  Reno, Nevada, describes herself as a gambling and casinos professional.

Despite earlier reports of multiple attackers, police believe the gunman was  a local Las  Vegas resident  who acted alone.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las  Vegas  Metropolitan Police Department, said the suspect was not believed to be connected to any militant groups. He did not release his name.

We have no idea what his belief system was, Mr Lombardo  said. Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.

Police are searching for two vehicles associated with the gunman:

We ??re searching for two vehicles associated with the shooter: Hyundai Tucson Nevada/114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Nevada/79D401. https://t.co/pVyGvN7ZqV

The Las Vegas sheriff has revealed that at least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in the concert attack.

He said the gunman – believed to have been a local man who was holed up on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel – has been killed after officers  confronted him.  

Off-duty police officers are believe to be among those killed.

Jason Aldean, the country music singer who was on stage at the time of the attack, has posted on Instagram to let fans know that he is safe, adding: My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight.

Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate

A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on Oct 2, 2017 at 1:17am PDT

The Southern California police department says an off-duty officer was shot during Las Vegas concert attack. The officer’s condition is unknown.

The number of attackers involved in the Las Vegas shooting remains unclear. These witnesses have told a local NBC reporter that he is convinced that  multiple gunmen were behind the attack, saying that hundreds of shots rained down on the crowd.

Witnesses tell me people were getting shot around them #LasVegas @news3lv pic.twitter.com/xUOELxFupH

After saying that one suspect is down , police have released an update that they do not believe there are any more gunmen. It is not known if this means that earlier reports of multiple gunmen were wrong – or if other suspects have been caught.  

At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters. More information to come shortly from @Sheriff_LVMPD.

Concert-goers reported seeing flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Witnesses said they saw multiple victims as they fled the gunfire raining down on the open-air concert venue nearby.

Police officers were seen taking  cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay.

Some concert  goers sought refuge in the  basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel and casino.

As the situation remains active, Las Vegas’s McCarran international airport has temporarily halted all inbound and outbound flights.

Police in Las Vegas say that one  suspect is down after the mass shooting. It is not known if any other attackers are at large.

pic.twitter.com/0BDgd9Mygt

A Las Vegas Hospital spokesman has confirmed that at least two people have been killed and 24 injured  with suspected gunshot wounds. At least 14 of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.

This video captured by a concert-goer captures the sound of gunfire  during the Route 91 Harvest Festival before hundreds of people dived for cover.

Video courtesy of Drew Akioshi. He was attending the concert at mandalay bay when shooting started. pic.twitter.com/mbyh9Y387q

Several unconfirmed reports on Twitter suggest that   two or three gunmen were  shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel after gunning down a security guard. These reports have not been verified.

There is gunfire coming from the 32nd floor at Mandalay Bay firing on police vehicles on Las Vegas Boulevard. Multiple people down.

I’m on the 6th floor. Shots reported on floor 29 now. Listening to LVPD scanner feed. Security guard shot on 32nd floor.

shots fired mandalay bay. many reported down & many pinned. confirmed multiple dead. shots coming from hotel room possible 2-3 shooters.

This video posted on Twitter from a hotel room appears to capture the sound of automatic gunfire on the Las Vegas Strip below.  

Active shooter Las Vegas strip I’m ok locked in my room lights off windows closed. Shooter is directly across the street. Shots heard on vid pic.twitter.com/Z4mz3E3bmE

We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews

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