A mass-shooting event in Las Vegas has left at least 50 dead and over 200 wounded. Firing from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, a single gunman directed his shots down into a crowd attending a country music concert. From recordings of the event, it’s clear that the weapon involved was fully automatic, as hundreds of shots were fired at a rate of many shots per second. The gunman continued to fire into the closely-packed crowd, until police used an explosive device to open the door of the room where the shooter was located and killed him.
There do not appear to be any other known gunmen, or any other threat. Earlier rumors of additional shooters or possible explosives appear to be false.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Department has identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, 64. Paddock is a Las Vegas local. Police have released few details, but have said that “numerous firearms” were found in his residence.
Earlier releases indicated that the police were seeking a woman identified as Marilou Danley, but it appears she has now been found. Vehicles that were mentioned in earlier bulletins, including a Hyundai and a Chrysler, both with a Nevada plates, have been located.
NBC News has indicated that at least 30 people among the wounded are in critical condition.
Trump has finally responded with a tweet.
No message yet on whether he thinks there were good people on both sides.