A gunman targeted a Las Vegas concert Sunday night, murdering at least 50 people and sending more than 400 others to hospitals in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.
The suspect, who was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, took his own life as police approached his hotel room. Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock’s roommate, Marilou Danley, as “person of interest.” Detectives later made contact with her, and “do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip.”
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the dead gunman is believed to have checked in as a hotel guest, but did not immediately reveal a motive.
Two on-duty Las Vegas Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured during shooting, authorities said. One in stable condition after surgery, and the other sustained minor injuries. Two off-duty police officers attending the concert were killed.
President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre, saying “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
Federal law enforcement told Fox News that Paddock “was known to local authorities” in Vegas, and multiple weapons were found in his hotel room.
At this time, federal officials do not see any connection to international terrorism and there is not much known about Paddock’s motivation
Authorities first received calls about an active shooting at about 10:08 p.m. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunfire erupted from the hotel.
Aldean was performing his last song of the night. Witnesses have said that at first, those in attendance said they thought the sound was firecrackers. But as the shots continued, Aldean stopped singing and some concertgoers could be heard yelling to each other to get down.