A gunman who opened fire last night onto an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 others, according to news sources. Many of those who were injured are in critical condition. Local hospitals are described as being “overwhelmed” by the number of casualties.
The shooter, identified by authorities as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire onto concertgoers at the outdoor event from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel. Paddock is dead, reportedly from suicide. Paddock checked into the hotel room on Sept. 28. Police reportedly found at least eight guns in his room after the shooting.
Country music singer Jason Aldean was onstage performing when the massacre began shortly after 10 p.m. Aldean and his band were uninjured.
Witnesses described the shots as sounding like firecrackers and a machine gun. There was pandemonium as people ran for safety, tried to take cover and tried to protect their loved ones.
The incident is not believed to be linked to international terrorism. Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada - about an hour and ten minutes northeast of Las Vegas.