Reports coming from Las Vegas Boulevard Near Mandalay Bay
Police say ‘suspect down’
Update (11:24 am CST) Stephen Paddock, 64, (born April 9, 1953) of Mesquite, NV was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after killing at least 58 and injuring more than 515 people down below at a country music festival attended by more than 20,000. In what is being deemed as the +worst mass shooting in US history, police are beginning to collect evidence.
During country singer’s last moments on stage to close out the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival’s three day event, witnesses and videos the shooting as “nonstop gunfire,” suggesting the use of automatic or semi-automatic weapons.
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At this time officials said they did not believe there were any more shooters but “numerous firearms” were found in Paddock’s hotel room near his body. Law Enforcement questioned the suspect’s girlfriend or roommate, Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the Philippines during the shooting. The two lived together at his home in Sun City Mesquite, Nev., retirement community along the Nevada-Arizona border about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
The suspect filed a negligence lawsuit against The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2012, claiming he had slipped and fell due to a “dangerous condition,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. After a series of motions, subpoenas and amendments to the complaint, the lawsuit was dismissed in 2014. Police said Paddock had no criminal history, other than a minor citation that was handled in court. First reports indicate he worked as an accountant or auditor and was a licensed hunter and private pilot.
The entire 32nd floor of Mandalay is unoccupied at investigators wrap up their forensic gathering and analysis. After securing a warrant, officers are now in the suspect’s home retrieving possible evidence for further investigation. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said officers believe Paddock may have or had property in northern Nevada and has previously lived in in a suburb near Dallas, Texas from 2009 to 2012 as revealed by his drivers licence.
As of 11:20 am CST, the official police count are at least 58 people dead and 515+ injured.
From last night and early morning–
Witnesses and police scanner reports at or near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and New York-New York Casino in Las Vegas are indicating multiple victims in what appears to be an active shooter(s) making “hundreds of shots” on the Las Vegas Blvd. Police and emergency responders are at the scene attempting to secure the area and close roads according to a Las Vegas Metro Police Department tweet. One report indicates a possible explosive near or in Luxor Hotel.
People at the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel reported that the casino was being evacuated.
The Route 91 Harvest three day country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip was nearing it’s final hours when the first shots were heard. Country singer Jake Owen, tweeted from the Mandalay Bay hotel: “Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.” Singer Luke Combs also tweeted “Active shooter at @Route91Harvest
in Vegas. We’re safe. Love you guys.”
Other entertainers in the line-up were Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, and Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Big & Rich, Josh Abbott Band, Bailey Bryan, Smithfield and more. Some of the official hotels listed for the country music festival are Luxor, Excalibur, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, The Signature, Delano and Mandalay Bay.
Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. (Route 91 Harvest)
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The main entertainment schedule for the night included Combs at 7:20 pm, Owen at 8 pm, and Aldean at 9:40 pm. Among the items not permitted at the festival were drones, face masks of any kind, tactical gear, “Knives, sticks, bats, clubs, box cutters, razors or weapons of any kind,” fireworks or explosives, drones,, drugs, drug paraphernalia and illegal substances.
Call into police said shooter is on 7th floor of parking garage. 2:18 am CST.
2:33 am CST– A Las Vegas Police Officer was fatally Shot in the Neck during the Mass Shooting on the Strip (unconfirmed)
Possible car bombing. Bomb threats have been issued in the area and at nearby casino-hotels.
Police are calling the shooting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas a “mass casualty event”, there are reports of 20-50 victims.
At least 20 wounded, hospital says.
In a matter of minutes, police helicopters and search lights were scanning the hotel windows nearby. Police currently think there was only one shooter.