Las Vegas, Oct 3
At least 59 people were killed and 525 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities told LA Times. The suspect was killed by police on a high-level hotel floor at the Mandalay Bay. The shooting took place during the Route 91 Harvest Festival while country music artist Jason Aldean was performing. See video below.
What you need to know:
- The FBI says there is no evidence of a connection to international terrorist groups, despite a claim of responsibility by Islamic State.
- The suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was found dead when a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd.
- Portraits of the victims are emerging. One of the dead includes an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert. Rachael Parker, a Manhattan Beach Police records technician, was also among the dead.
- The suspect’s brother said the family is in shock and that Stephen Paddock “has never even drawn a gun.”
- President Donald Trump said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday and called the shooting “an act of pure evil”.
- Hoaxes and fake news spread rapidly online, in some cases with boosts from Facebook and Google algorithms.
- There is still no known motive behind the attack, or any known links between Paddock and other organisations
See video below.
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, had an arsenal of 17 weapons in his hotel room, mostly military-style rifles, according to a law enforcement source. See video below.
At least one of them had been modified with a legal “bump stock” style device that allows the shooter to rapidly fire off rounds without actually converting it to a fully automatic weapon, the source said.
The devices modify the gun’s stock so that the recoil helps accelerate how quickly the shooter can pull the trigger. The devices are legal in the U.S.
Other weapons may have been converted to fully automatic fire, and were still being examined, the source said. Associated Press are reporting that an accessory known as a bump-stock was discovered in Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel room, which may have enabled him to fire into the crowd at near-automatic levels.