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FEATURE NEWS

The Worst Mass Shooting In US History
59 dead, 527 injured

October 02, 2017




Cell phone photos show crowd panicked, running from the gunfire as people are being shot by sniper on 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel. CLICK TO ENLARGE


The suspect in the worst mass shooting in US history, Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. Photo: Twitter. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Chronicle staff

Authorities late today updated the dead and injured list to include 59 deaths and 527 injured. Police have recovered 42 guns between the suspect's hotel room and his home in Mesquite; 23 firearms were found in the hotel room at Mandalay Bay from where the bullets rang out and another 19 guns were found at 64-year old Stephen Paddock's home.

In an interview Monday his brother Eric Paddock said as far as he knew his late brother Stephen only had a couple of guns, certainly no military style or automatic weapons, and kept those in a safe.

He also said his brother had never expressed any sentiments or gave any overt signs he would be capable of, or had the desire to commit the type of mass murder authorities believe he committed. There is still no known motive for the mass shooting.

The Clark County Sheriff's office said today that despite some rumors running rampant on social media and in some other media, they have no information to suggest there were any other shooters than the man they believe did all of the shooting, suspect Stephen Paddock.



(LAS VEGAS, NV.) -- Without warning numerous rapid fire shots rang out at 10:08 pm Sunday night from what police determined was the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

The shooter's targets were human beings in a huge crowd estimated at around 22,000. They were packed in tightly in a ready made kill zone.

It is now being called the worst mass shooting in US history: at least 58 dead, 500-plus injured. The carnage appears to have been well planned and executed by one man, a local resident, using at least one fully automatic rifle.

The shooter is dead. It is believed he shot himself as police officers broke into the room where he was shooting from. He has been identified as 64-year old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.

Mesquite is a city of about 17,000 residents in Clark County. It is adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15.

The targets of the gunman were thousands of people enjoying an open-air country music concert, the "Route 91 Harvest Festival" along the strip at the Las Vegas Village, a 15-acre lot which is in a direct line of sight and a short distance from the Mandalay Bay Hotel from where the shots originated.

Witnesses said the shots were coming so fast it seemed as if the shooter must have been using a military style "drum fed" fully automatic weapon.

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer attending the concert was among the victims killed, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole released a statement just after 11 am today regarding the mass shooting:. It reads:

"We join with police departments around the country in expressing our sorrow over the horrific acts last night in Las Vegas. This shooting is yet another reminder of how suddenly and unexpectedly terror and tragedy can strike.

Early this morning, I sent a message to Sheriff Lombardo indicating that SPD stands ready to assist the LVMPD. As we keep the victims, their families, the people of Las Vegas and their first responders in our thoughts and prayers, please stay vigilant, stay safe, and look out for one another."





Hundreds of rounds were fired into the crowd in three distinct full-auto volleys, according to cell phone audio and witnesses. The shooter paused, possibly to reload or unjam a jammed weapon at least twice, according to audio of the event captioned on cell phones.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that "Scores of ambulances, a helicopter and police vehicles were on the scene...health care workers from around the valley were called into hospitals and to the scene. The wounded were moved in wheelbarrows and luggage carts."

The newspaper also reported that more than 25 flights were diverted from McCarran International Airport as of midnight and that flights were being held as the flight path was reconfigured to keep airplanes from getting shot.








Police confirmed later that one suspect was dead on a high-level floor of Mandalay Bay. At a news conference Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said officers determined the shooter was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and "engaged the suspect at that location."

Lombardo said officers "breached" that room with explosives.

He also said, "We are interested in a companion that is traveling with him...her name is Marilou Danley. She is an Asian female approximately...four foot eleven, weight of 111 pounds."

Shooter is identified

At a later news conference Lombardo identified the dead man as 64-year old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. Police secured a search warrant for Paddock's room and for his residence.

The sheriff said Paddock had been staying at the hotel since September 28 and that they now believe he killed himself before officers broke into his room. Lombardo said Paddock had ten rifles with him in that room.

The sheriff also Paddock had no known criminal record and at this time authorities do not believe Paddock had any ties to foreign terrorist groups. Authorities do not have a motive for the shooting.

Just after 6:00 am Monday the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the paper had spoken to the brother of Stephen Paddock who tearfully told the paper, “We have no idea how this happened,” said Eric Paddock, 55, of Orlando, Florida. “It’s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family...there is no reason we can imagine why Stephen would do something like this."

Lombardo said at a third news conference about 5:55 am that officers had located and spoken with Ms. Danley. He said she is out of the country and at this time they do not suspect Danley as being part of the shooting incident.

He said police were looking for two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson with Nevada plates and a Chrysler Pacifica, also with Nevada plates. The sheriff said those cars were registered to the dead suspect at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Lombardo also asked anyone who may have cell phone video or any other type of video taken at the event that might help investigators, to turn that video into the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.

Below is Sheriff Lombard at the first news conference after the shooting.



The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that "Scores of ambulances, a helicopter and police vehicles were on the scene...health care workers from around the valley were called into hospitals and to the scene. The wounded were moved in wheelbarrows and luggage carts."

The newspaper also reported that more than 25 flights were diverted from McCarran International Airport as of midnight and that flights were being held as the flight path was reconfigured to keep airplanes from getting shot.






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