On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock rained gunfire down onto an unsuspecting crowd at the 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Paddock’s actions resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in American history, with the Las Vegas Police Department confirming at least 50 have died and more than 400 are injured.
Police eventually used a controlled explosive to enter Paddock’s room, but the gunman was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Country music star Jason Aldean, who was on the stage at the time the shooting began, issued a statement on the tragedy.
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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
“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t 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.”
What We Know
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Shortly after 10:00 p.m. ET, SWAT teams and police officers swarmed to the Las Vegas strip with reports of an active shooter situation. The gunman was locked in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and had open fired on an unsuspecting crowd of thousands of concertgoers.
After midnight, police officers radioed that the gunman was down.
About The Gunman
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) October 2, 2017
64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada has been identified as the gunman. Police believe Paddock killed himself prior to police entering his room. He is believed to have been at the hotel since Sept. 28.
At least 10 guns were found in Paddock’s hotel room.
According to Las Vegas Police, Paddock had no previous run-ins with the law outside of a routine traffic violation. A companion of Paddock’s was questioned by police, but they ultimately determined she had no involvement in the shooting.
There is currently no motive for the shooting, but it is believed he acted alone.
The gunman’s brother, Eric Paddock, made the following comments to CBS News after learning his brother was the suspect.
“Not an avid gun guy at all…where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background,” gunman’s brother says pic.twitter.com/EMSKLQGYFM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
Paddock’s father was allegedly once on the FBI most-wanted list.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 2, 2017