At least 59 people are dead and more than 500 people are injured in the aftermath of a shooting onto an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas.
A gunman opened fire at approximately 10:08 p.m., October 2nd, 2017, onto more than 22,000 festival goers gathered near the Mandalay Bay Casino for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who died at the scene, was staying on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, from where he fired down onto the concert. News outlets do not agree on the number of weapons found in the hotel room; the numbers span from 10 guns to 42.
The attack is officially the deadliest mass shooting in US history, surpassing the Orlando nightclub attack last year in which 49 people died and 58 were wounded.
No one is certain what Paddock’s motive was, but ISIS has claimed to be responsible. Authorities have found no evidence of this. "Right now, we believe it's a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor," Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. Lombardo also said reports of multiple shooters and explosives were false.
Two on-duty officers were injured, one whose condition has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.
President Donald Trump has called this attack “an act of pure evil” and has asked for national unity in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
"The world has changed. And, you know, who would have ever imagine this situation," Lombardo said. "I couldn't imagine it. And for this individual to take it upon himself to create this chaos and harm is unspeakable."
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