Shooting Leaves 50+ Dead, 500+ Wounded

Sunday's massacre was largest mass shooting in US history

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Shooting Leaves 50+ Dead, 500+ Wounded

A map of the crime scene in Las Vegas. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

A map of the crime scene in Las Vegas. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

A map of the crime scene in Las Vegas. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

A map of the crime scene in Las Vegas. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

Colin Fullinfaw, Copy Editor

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Oct. 2, 2017 — A late night shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas has left at least 58 concert-goers dead and 515 people injured in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the crime scene across the street is shown. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

 

On Sunday night approximately 10:08 p.m. local time, gunfire erupted from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and sent patrons scrambling for cover at the open air Route 91 Harvest Music Festival concert. The gunman, who has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was a resident of Mesquite, Nev. and killed himself when police caught up to him. Paddock had an excessive amount of weapons stashed away and ready to use. According to Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo “… it’s in excess of 10 rifles.”

According to the Associated Press, there is no known motive to the shooting. A link to terror has not been established by law enforcement, despite the Islamic State claiming responsibility in a statement released by the terror group. The only law violation Paddock had was a traffic stop violation. An additional suspect had been brought into police custody, but has since been released.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Shen from the ground. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain)

United States President Donald Trump released a statement and updated the public on law enforcement efforts and their heroism. “I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many,” Trump commented. “The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life,” Trump continued.

Colin Fullinfaw - Copy Editor

Colin became a member of The Flightline in August of 2017. He is a senior this year and is involved in Cross Country. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his dog, Harley. You can email him at [email protected]