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59 killed in shooting at Las Vegas music festival

Emergency vehicles respond to the shooting at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. Image: Steve Marcus/Reuters

At least 59 people are dead, with 489 others injured after a shooter opened fire from his hotel room down onto at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed during a news conference on Tuesday that the shooting lasted between nine and 11 minutes and ended at 10:19 pm local time.

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Police identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white man from Mesquite, Nevada. He was found dead in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino after SWAT officers breached the door at 11:20 pm. Paddock is believed to be a local resident who was not previously known to police.

According to an ATF Special Agent. 47 firearms were recovered from three locations. Undersherrif Kevin McMahill said the gunfire created enough smoke to trigger the room’s fire alarm, which gave away the shooter’s position in the hotel as being on the 32nd floor.

Approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals during the shooting, many to the city’s only level 1 trauma center, University Medical Center. Police confirmed on Wednesday that 317 people have since been discharged.

Police conducted interviews with Marilou Danley on Wednesday, who was described as a female “companion” to the shooter, Asian, and 4-foot-11 and a person of interest, after she returned to the US from the Philippines.

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President Trump called the event an “act of pure evil” in remarks made at the White House on Monday, and visited Las Vegas on Wednesday.

“Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”

U.S. President Donald Trump

 

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