Updates About Las Vegas Shooting Have The Nation Heartbroken
On Sunday night, Oct. 1, a mass shooting occurred at a concert festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, leaving over 50 people dead and 200 people injured. Updates about the Las Vegas shooting are leaving the nation heartbroken. Here's everything we know.
UPDATE: Las Vegas Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo has confirmed that at least 58 people were killed and over 515 were injured in the shooting. The shooter has also been confirmed dead and is not believed to have a connection to any terrorist group.
EARLIER: Just after 10 p.m. local time on Sunday night, country lovers gathered at the Route 91 Harvest Festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. During the concert, the gunman – who was later identified by law enforcement as a "local resident" – opened fire on concertgoers who were outside the hotel. As reported by ABC News, one witness said there was "nonstop gunfire," and bystanders had to run away, hide, and duck for cover. According to The New York Times, the Las Vegas shooting is now one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.
Weapons were found in the shooter's room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and Casino. According to CBS News, Clark County Sheriff Joeseph Lombardo says the shooter is believed to be "a solo actor. A lone wolf." The shooter was fatally shot at the Mandalay Bay resort, Lombardo said in a news conference on Monday morning. The Las Vegas shooting is not believed to be connected to terrorism, as reported by NBC News.
Video footage of the shooting shows concertgoers screaming at each other to duck for cover at the moment gunfire erupted. According to The New York Times, there were least three bursts of gunfire, and the SWAT team responded immediately. The shooting happened during a performance by singer Jason Aldean. Gunshots lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, according to concertgoer Rachel De Kerf who spoke with CNN. De Kerf's sister, Monique Dumas, described the terrifying moment gunshots were heard:
Another concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC:
In the video below, you can hear a witness tell ABC,
No specific names of the victims have been shared yet, but the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did confirm that an off-duty police officer was killed during the shooting.
Jason Aldean wrote to fans on Instagram,
President Donald Trump responded to the news on Twitter, writing,
Barack Obama wrote to followers on Twitter,
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this time.