Las Vegas shooting leaves at least 58 dead, over 500 injured

The shooter is believed to be a local individual that acted alone.

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A deadly shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night has left at least 58 people dead and over 500 others injured.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), “two on-duty LVMPD officers were injured during the shooting” while a third off-duty officer was pronounced dead.

The shooting took place during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where more than 22,000 people were in attendance. According to officials, the lone gunman shot using an automatic weapon from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The shooting began at approximately 10:08 p.m. Pacific Time.

Witnesses described people running for their lives, hopping over fences, running through the hotel and casino, and hiding under anything they could find, including bleachers and cars.

President Trump expressed his condolences via Twitter, before stating in his public speech that “it was an act of pure evil”:

Trump will be traveling to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with families of the victims and first responders:

Homeland Security released a statement saying, “At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country. However, increased security in and around public places and events may be experienced as officials take additional precautions. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this incident as we work to support the Las Vegas community.”

The shooter is believed to be a local individual that acted alone.

Initially Vegas police stated that they did not believe it to be an act of terrorism, however, the Islamic State was quick to take credit, saying the shooter had converted to Islam a few months ago.

The suspected shooter is believed to be Stephen Paddock, 64. He was found deceased in his hotel room when SWAT entered. It was later confirmed that Paddock killed himself.

Upon searching the room, police found Paddock had “in excess of 10 rifles.”

The police also located Marilou Danley, a suspect they were in search of due to her connection with Paddock. Danley, who is listed as living with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, was found abroad and was not present during the time of the shooting. Paddock was apparently using some of her identification. Police do not believe Danley was involved in any way.

This is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Previously, the deadliest mass shooting was the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting that took place last June, in which 49 people were killed.

Police have asked that anyone in search of a missing loved one to call 1-866-535-5654. They have also set up a “family reunification center” at LVMPD headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd. in Building B of the Clark County Sheriff’s office.

The LVMPD is also asking for anyone in the area willing and able to donate blood to please do so.

The FBI is asking that anyone with photos or video from the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI (255-5324).

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Alexandra Jacobo is a dedicated progressive writer, activist, and mother with a deep-rooted passion for social justice and political engagement. Her journey into political activism began in 2011 at Zuccotti Park, where she supported the Occupy movement by distributing blankets to occupiers, marking the start of her earnest commitment to progressive causes. Driven by a desire to educate and inspire, Alexandra focuses her writing on a range of progressive issues, aiming to foster positive change both domestically and internationally. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to community empowerment and a belief in the power of informed public action. As a mother, Alexandra brings a unique and personal perspective to her activism, understanding the importance of shaping a better world for future generations. Her writing not only highlights the challenges we face but also champions the potential for collective action to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

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