At least 59 people were killed and 527 people were injured in the mass shooting happened Sunday night. A 64-year-old gunman open fired on a music festival crowd. It is by far the biggest shooting incident in modern US history. The death toll will possibly rise because many of the injured people were severely wounded.
Worst Shooting In US History
The incident happened near the Mandalay Bay hotel. The shooter open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. People were enjoying the last day of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, which was taking place across the street from Mandalay Bay. The shooter had heavy weaponry and fired rapidly at the crowd 1000 feet away from the hotel.
It took some time for the 22,000 people watching the concert to understand whats going on. A victim told he thought of the gunfire sound as fireworks before he got shot 3 times.
The gunfire sent people into a frenzy. They started running for somewhere to hide. Ambulances arrived at the scene very quickly but many people died before that.
The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock. He had no prior criminal history. Hence the police denying any terrorist linked activity. The shooters brother Eric Paddock told ABC News, “We have no idea how or why this happened. As far as we know, Steve was perfectly fine,”
Authorities are investigating the incident.
Huge Gun Stock Pile
The police have recovered 23 firearms and a huge amount of ammo from the shooters hotel room. The guns were military grade guns and some of them even had scopes on them. This incident again puts huge pressure on the gun laws of the United States. People have described US Gun laws as insane and irresponsible. The growing number of gun-related homicides in the US is a clear indication of how badly designed the gun policy is.
Swat team also found 18 guns from the suspects house in northern Nevada.
The US president called the shooting a pure act of evil. He added “In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one,”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement, “The investigation into the horrific shooting last night in Las Vegas is ongoing.”
Aldean, who performed at the country concert Sunday night said, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
Also published on Medium.