While you were sleeping, around 10:08 pm on Sunday evening, October 1, 2017, a local 64 year old man, Stephen C. Paddock fired a sub machine gun from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel tower, located on the popular Las Vegas strip where fans were attending a country music festival concert. There have been at least 58 fatalities and more than 500 peoples injured. News outlets are reporting that the gunman is known to local enforcement. He did not survive.
Here is what is known as of 6:00 am eastern time on 10/2/17…
On October 2, 2017, Gerry Mullany and Russell Goldman of the new York Times penned the following report, “Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills More Than 50.”
“A gunman in a Las Vegas hotel opened fire Sunday (10/01/17) night at a concert outside, sending thousands of people fleeing as SWAT units searched for the attacker. More than 20 people were killed and more than 100 others injured, hospital officials said.”
“The shooting happened near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Video posted online showed the country singer Jason Aldean performing outside the hotel at Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival, interrupted by the sound of automatic gunfire. The music stopped, and concertgoers ducked for cover. “Get down,” one shouted. “Stay down,” screamed another.”
“Several SWAT teams were sent to the hotel immediately after the first reports of the shooting at 10:08 p.m., and officers reported being pinned down by gunfire, according to emergency radio traffic. Shortly before midnight the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported that “one suspect is down,” and soon thereafter the police said they did not believe there were any more active gunmen.”
Video from the shooting showed Mr. Aldean, the final performer of the night, running off the stage as the gunfire erupted.
“Two concertgoers, Robyn and Matt Webb, described hearing round after round of gunfire.”
“It just kept coming,” Robyn Webb told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It was relentless.”
“That’s when we knew for sure it was real,” Matt Webb said.”
“The police reported closing off about a mile of Las Vegas Boulevard and asked the public to steer clear of the area.”
“Police radio reports suggested that at least three people were transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for treatment. The police were told not to bring additional casualties — unless the injuries were life-threatening — to University Medical Center, another nearby hospital, because it was at capacity.”
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas said that some flights destined for the airport were diverted because of police activity. The airport is just east of the Mandalay hotel, and after the shooting there were reports of people fleeing the concert by running onto an airport runway.
“The hotel itself was placed on virtual lockdown after the shooting, guests said.”
“We went into the hotel and they started shutting down casinos,” Todd Price, a guest of Mandalay Bay, told CNN. “We tried to get into our rooms, and they shut down the elevators and started to get everybody out.”
“The Route 91 Harvest Festival bills itself as “three days of country music on the Vegas Strip,” and Sunday night’s performance was the last of the festival. The site of the concert, the Las Vegas Village and Festival Grounds, run by MGM Resorts, sprawls over 15 acres and has a capacity of 40,000 people. The festival’s website said this year’s three-day concert was sold out.”