Monday, 2 October 2017

50 people dead and 200 injured as gunman opens fire on packed Vegas music festival | Photos

At least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada

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America is reeling from the worst mass shooting in its history after at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

Police say the shooter was 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, who opened fire on the  festival taking place at Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel shortly after 10pm.

Officers say Paddock was shot and killed after they breached a room in the hotel, where he had stashed an 'arsenal' of weapons used during the massacre.

Investigators are now raiding the home Paddock shared with Marilou Danley, his 'companion', who was initially called a person of interest. Police located Danley early Monday morning, and after speaking with her, no longer believe she was inolved in the shooting.

'LVMPD detectives have made contact with her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip,' the department said in a statement.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive. He was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Lombardo said.

'We have no idea what his belief system was,' he added.

President Donald Trump paid his respects on Monday morning after the shooting, writing on Twitter: 'My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!'

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