Friday 20 October 2017

Everything we know so far as gunman opens fire on last night of Las Vegas country music festival

Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A woman sits on a kerb at the scene of the shooting (AP)
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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At least 59 people have died and hundreds are injured after a gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas country music festival, here is everything we know so far.

The shooter

The gunman has been named as Stephen Paddock (64) who was known to police. It is believed he is a local resident and police have located a female companion of the shooter along with two vehicles.

The victims

At least 59 people have been killed in the shooting, including two off-duty police officers. Hundreds of people were also injured in the deadly attack.

Emergency response

Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip. Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Police urged locals to avoid the area amid reports people were showing up hoping to help out. Authorities shut down part of the Strip and Interstate 15. Some flights destined for McCarran International Airport were diverted due to the incident.

Eye-witness accounts

Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the music event and the sound of what they described as automatic gunfire. Witnesses said they saw multiple victims as they fled the shots raining down on the venue. Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.

One witness, Kodiak Yazzi, said the music stopped temporarily and then 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, the 36-year-old took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above. The bursts of pops would start and stop for more than five minutes. He said he saw dozens of ambulances as he ran for safety. He later got a Lyft driver to take him home to suburban Henderson.

The event

Country music artist Jason Aldean was playing a concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunshots were heard. The shooting occurred on the final night of the festival.

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