(UPDATE 9:05 a.m. ET) Officials say at least 10 rifles were found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel room. He apparently killed himself as police entered the room. His girlfriend Marilou Danley was reached by phone — she is out of the country and not thought to have been involved.
(UPDATE 8:37 a.m. ET): Officials now report more than 400 injured, including gunshot victims and others who were trampled. Police say the gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (NBC News)
(UPDATE 7:13 a.m. ET): President Trump just tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
(UPDATE 6:36 a.m. ET): Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo just confirmed that 50 are now confirmed dead and more than 200 injured. He also identified the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who was killed. This is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. (NY Times)
Authorities say now they are confident that they have found Marilou Danley, who was believed to be traveling with the suspect.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a mass shooting that took place Sunday night during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. At least 20 people are dead with over 100 injured, including dozens in critical condition.
Gunfire erupted as Jason Aldean performed on stage. An eyewitness said the headliner was about six songs into his set when rapid shots rang out – “hundreds of shots.” The crowd scattered in a wild panic. Social media video and audio from the scene is haunting.
The shooter apparently had a clear view of the 25,000 attending this outdoor festival. The suspect reportedly found a perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Las Vegas Police confirmed the suspect was killed. He’s a Vegas resident. Police are interested in finding his roommate, Marilou Danley.
A ripple effect occurred as police restricted access to the Vegas strip. The airport temporarily canceled flights and casinos suspended gambling after demanding that guests take shelter in their hotel rooms. (KTNV-TV Las Vegas)
Jason Aldean and his team are safe. He posted a message on Instagram saying, “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. #heartbroken #stopthehate”
Sunday night’s artists included Luke Combs and Jake Owen, who tweeted “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others aren’t. Please pray.”
The three-day Route 91 festival featured big name Nashville musicians such as Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, and Lauren Alaina.