Las Vegas shooting LIVE: Death toll rises to 59, 527 injured, more details emerge on shooter Stephen Paddock23 min read . Updated: 03 Oct 2017, 05:27 AM IST
As many as 59 people were killed and 527 injured when Stephen Paddock opened fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Here are the latest updates
At least 50 people died and more than 500 more hurt when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, with an arsenal of at least 10 rifles, fired on a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday, raining down bullets from a 32nd floor window for minutes before killing himself.
The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary, would make the massacre the deadliest mass shooting in US history, eclipsing last year’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando night club.
Some 22,000 people were in the crowd when Paddock opened fire, sparking a panic in which some people trampled on others, as law enforcement officers scrambled to locate the gunman.
Shocked concertgoers, some with blood on their clothes, wandered the streets afterwards.
Police said they had no information about Paddock’s motive, and that he had no criminal record and was not believed to be connected to any militant group. Paddock killed himself before police entered the hotel room he was firing from, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
“We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said.
Here are the latest updates and developments from the Las Vegas shooting incident:
■ People attending the country music concert targeted by the Las Vegas shooter have described scenes of horror as they realized what they first thought were fireworks were actually gunshots. Jason Sorenson of Newport Beach, California, says he realized something was wrong when musicians left the stage. He ran and says “we saw people with blood all over their shirts."
Brandon Clack of La Palma, California, said Monday he heard many shots fired and the shooting that “went on for a long time, like 10 minutes." Concertgoers fled into casinos and crammed into cars to get away from the shooting. Barbara Magro of Orange County, California, says “they were getting into people’s trucks. I saw one with about 20 people in the back." (AP)
■ Nevada’s governor has signed a declaration of emergency for Clark County that directs all state agencies to assist local officials who have responded to the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s spokeswoman Mari St. Martin says the governor also signed a public health disaster declaration Monday that temporarily allows doctors and nurses licensed from other US states to practice in Nevada and help with the emergency response. (AP)
■ Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, was found in Los Angeles shooter Stephen Paddock’s car. Lombardo also says investigators still want to talk the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock. He says she will be interviewed when she returns from an overseas trip. Lombardo says she’s in Tokyo. (AP)
■ Google and Facebook say they erroneously promoted websites that gave incorrect first and last names for the suspect in a deadly Las Vegas shooting before replacing them. Erroneous posts linked on both services falsely identified the shooter.
Google said in a statement that a link to the “Politically Incorrect" message board on 4chan.org appeared for several hours in its “Top Stories" search results before its search algorithm replaced it with more relevant results. The 4chan result only appeared “for a small number of queries," Google said.
Facebook said its security team removed results from the conservative political website “The Gateway Pundit" and other similar posts. (AP)
■ The owner of a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada, says the Las Vegas shooter bought firearms there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable. Guns & Guitars general manager Christopher Sullivan said in a statement Monday that 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock showed no signs of being unfit to buy guns. Store spokesman Shawn Vincent declined comment on how many guns Paddock bought and said those details could only be shared with authorities. Sullivan says all necessary background checks and procedures were followed under local, state and federal laws and that he’s cooperating fully with law enforcement. (AP)
■ Paddock lived in a house in a retirement community in the small city of Mesquite. (AP)
■ A Utah gun store owner has said Paddock visited his shop about a 40-minute drive from Mesquite and purchased a shotgun. (AP)
■ Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says 59 people have been killed and 527 injured in a mass shooting Sunday night at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. Lombardo also says investigators found 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition in the home of suspected shooter Stephen Craig Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada. (AP)
■ Big US airlines are allowing passengers to change their plans for flights to or from Las Vegas without facing penalties following the worst mass shooting in recent US history. American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines said Monday that they are offering waivers through Tuesday. A waiver from United Airlines lasts through Friday. The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs released a statement Monday offering condolences to the victims of the shooting at a country music festival. The statement says: “We know that Las Vegas will shine again, but for now we mourn the tragedy it has endured in this dark time."The department says it is offering support to local businesses that rely on tourism. (AP)
■ Two officials familiar with the investigation in the Las Vegas shooting say authorities found at least 17 guns in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter. Stephen Paddock also had two devices that are attached to the stocks of semi-automatic guns to allow fully automatic gunfire. The bump-stock devices have attracted scrutiny in recent years from authorities. The US officials were briefed by law enforcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. (AP)
■ The owner of a Utah gun store says the Las Vegas shooter visited the store several times this year and bought a shotgun after passing a federal gun background check. Dixie GunWorx owner Chris Michel says Stephen Craig Paddock said that he was new to the area and was visiting local gun shops. Paddock bought the shotgun in February and last visited the store in St. George, Utah, in the spring. It’s a 40-minute drive from where Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada. Michel says he chatted with Paddock to get to know him and make sure there were no signs that he should not be allowed to buy a gun.
“There were no red flags," Michel said, adding “I had no idea he would be capable of this." (AP)
■ Officials are still loading bodies into vans to remove them from the scene of the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 58 people. The work has continued more than 12 hours. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said the hundreds of people who were wounded were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals. Police have warned that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a long, laborious process. (AP)
■ The brother of the shooter in the mass Las Vegas shooting says Stephen Craig Paddock was a big spender at casinos and often received free rooms and meals from the casinos. Eric Paddock told reporters Monday his brother never showed signs that he could be violent and owned several guns but never collected firearms. He described the wealth of his multimillionaire brother as substantial, said it included real estate and that he managed property for relatives. Eric Paddock also described his brother as different than other people: “He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled." He says Stephen Craig Paddock did not care about religion or politics. (AP)
■ Eric Paddock told reporters Monday in Orlando that his brother, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was also an accountant for many years. He was not aware of his brother having any recent financial difficulties. (AP)
■ Stephen Paddock recently sent a walker by mail to his 90-year-old mother. The brother says the shooter collected coins when he was a child. (AP)
■ The father of suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock operated an Oregon bingo parlor after escaping from a Texas prison in the late 1960s. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was put on the FBI most wanted list after the escape. An Oregon Supreme Court opinion from 1981 says FBI agents him on 6 September 1978, at the Bingo Center in the small city of Springfield. He went by different names and was identified by the court as Patrick Benjamin Paddock. Despite the escape, Paddock was paroled the following year and returned to Oregon. He continued the bingo operation until authorities shut it down in 1987 and charged him with racketeering. (AP)
■ A bell tolled three times as a solemn President Donald Trump paused on the White House South Lawn for a moment of silence to honour the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. Flanked by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, Trump walked out onto the lawn for the memorial moment Monday afternoon. The White House’s flag was at half-staff. (AP)
■ Former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has raised her fist at the U.S. Capitol and said “the nation is counting on you" after the Las Vegas mass shooting. Giffords, who was grievously wounded in 2011, and her husband, Mark Kelly, were at the Capitol on Monday. They say Congress must pass legislation to keep deadly weapons out of the wrong hands. Kelly and Giffords had planned to campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, but instead they went to the Capitol to comment on the shooting. Citing President Donald Trump, Kelly said “Americans need more than our president’s prayers. We need his plans." Kelly is calling for a commission to work on solutions to gun violence. He says it’s the only acceptable moral course for the country. (AP)
■ Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says the hundreds of people wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center says in a statement it received 14 patients who died and more than 160 who were injured. The statement on Monday said the Las Vegas hospital’s doctors performed about 30 surgeries and that police were still trying to notify relatives of the victims. (AP)
■ The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “very shocked and alarmed" by the deadly attack in Las Vegas. UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday it was a horrific loss of life. Haq said the secretary-general will be writing a condolence letter to the government of the United States to express sorrow at the large number of killings. (AP)
■ The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock was described decades ago by the FBI as a “glib, smooth-talking" con man who enjoyed gambling, umpiring prison sports games and playing bridge. Paddock was 7 and the oldest of four children when his father was arrested for a string of Phoenix bank robberies. Paddock’s father went by the nicknames “Big Daddy," ‘’Chromedome" and “Old Baldy." Before the robberies, he served prison time in Illinois for stealing a car, engaging in a confidence game and conspiring to pass bad checks. He was in prison for the first three years of his oldest son’s life. (AP)
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s father was a notorious bank robber who tried to run down an FBI agent with his car in Las Vegas in 1960 and was on the agency’s most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968. Paddock was a teen when an FBI poster issued after the escape said his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been “diagnosed as psychopathic." The FBI warning about the elder Paddock said he should be considered “armed and very dangerous." He had been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of Phoenix bank robberies. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock died in 1998. (AP)
■ A brother of the suspect in the worst US mass shooting in the modern history says Stephen Paddock was “not a normal guy" and frequently played high stakes video poker. Eric Paddock in an interview in Orlando, Florida, says his 64-year-old brother once “texted me a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine." He says his brother was “not a normal guy" and “played high stakes video poker." Eric Paddock says last had contact with him via text messages in September. He says his brother being named by authorities as the shooting suspect was “like if an asteroid fell out of the sky." (AP)
■ Police from the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, say Stephen Paddock lived there from 2004 to 2012. Lt. Brian Parish says property records show Stephen Paddock, 64, indicated he lived there during the period but that public records suggested he may have lived in the suburb longer. Parrish said Monday that Paddock owned at least three rental properties. Parrish also says Mesquite police have found no indications that officers had contact with Paddock. Nevada police have said Parrish was most recently living in that state’s city of Mesquite near the state line with Arizona. Investigators searched the Nevada home. Officers in Mesquite, Nevada, also have said they had no contact with Paddock before the shooting. (AP)
■ Authorities say they’re no longer looking for the woman who police believe was a companion to the gunman in the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed at least 58 people. Police initially said that the 62-year-old woman was shooter Stephen Craig Paddock’s roommate in Mesquite, Nevada. Police now say they’ve located her and determined she wasn’t involved in the mass shooting, as she has been out of the country. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says investigators will speak with her upon her return but that they are no longer actively searching for her. (AP)
■ Authorities in Nevada praised the response to a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert by police and health care workers. Gov. Brian Sandoval said at a news conference Monday that he visited some of the victims in the hospital and that, “We’re angry, we’re grieving, we’re confused, people are hurting." Sandoval called the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others Sunday night a cowardly, despicable act. He and other local officials praised first responders, saying they saved scores of lives. (AP)
■ An FBI special agent says investigators have so far found “no connection" between international terrorist groups and the Las Vegas shooting, responsibility of which was claimed by the Islamic State earlier. (PTI)
■ Authorities say a woman who was a companion of the Las Vegas shooter is considered a person of interest and is out of the country. Sheriff Joe Lombardo didn’t release further details Monday about the woman but said authorities would try to speak with her when she got back to the United States. (AP)
■ Russian President Vladimir Putin sends Telegram with condolences to US President Donald Trump over Las Vegas shooting, news agencies cite Kremlin as saying. (Reuters)
■ Police say Stephen Paddock was a retiree with no criminal history in the Nevada county where he lived. Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner says Stephen Paddock owned a single-family home in Sun City Mesquite, a retirement community along the Nevada-Arizona border. He lived there with Marilou Danley, 62. Police say they don’t believe she was involved. Heavily armed police searched the home early Monday. (AP)
■ US President Donald Trump has spoken to the governor of Nevada, the mayor of Las Vegas and the local sheriff regarding the Las Vegas shooting.
■ US President Donald Trump says Las Vegas mass shooting ‘was an act of pure evil,’ praises first responders. He will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with first responders and affected families. (AP)
■ No report of any Indian national affected in the Las Vegas shooting incident, the ministry of external affairs has said. (PTI)
■ Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago. “The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition," the group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the US-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago," Amaq added. (Reuters)
■ The suspected shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock, said the family was stunned by the news. “We have no idea. We’re horrified. We’re bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims," Eric Paddock said in a brief telephone interview, his voice trembling. “We have no idea in the world." (Reuters)
■ “It sounded like fireworks. People were just dropping to the ground. It just kept going on," said Steve Smith, a 45-year-old visitor from Phoenix, Arizona, of the Las Vegas shooting. He said the gunfire went on for an extended period of time. “Probably 100 shots at a time. It would sound like it was reloading and then it would go again," Smith said. “People were shot and trying to get out. A lot of people were shot." (Reuters)
■ Among the 50 dead in the Las Vegas shooting was an one off-duty police officer. Two on-duty officers were injured, including one who was in stable condition after surgery and one who sustained minor injuries, Lombardo said. Police warned the death toll may rise. Police are still finding people who had taken cover during the attack, Lombardo said. “It’s going to take time for us to get through the evacuation phase," Lombardo said. (Reuters)
■ LVPD’s Lombardo said there were more than 10 rifles in the room where Paddock killed himself after checking into the hotel on Thursday. Paddock was not known to law enforcement, Lombardo said.
■ The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the lone suspect involved in the late night mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as 64-year-old, Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male from Mesquite, Nevada. Read the police department’s statement.
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10.08 pm.
The LVMPD statement also said “This is still an active investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324."
■ Homeland Security: No ‘specific credible threat’ to other public venues in US after Las Vegas shooting. (AP)
■ Las Vegas police found at least eight guns in the 32nd floor hotel room from which a gunman opened fire at concertgoers below, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 200, police said.
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told CNN a police SWAT team found “a number of long rifles" after confronting the gunman in the hotel room. “There was at least eight guns," he said. (AFP)
■ Shares of Las Vegas casino operators fell as much as 5% in premarket trading on Monday after a gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded over 200 others in a mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip.
MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel from where the gunman opened fire, was down %. Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd, Wynn Resorts Ltd and Las Vegas Sands Corp each fell 1% to 2%. (Reuters)
■ Shooter believed to have checked into hotel room last Thursday, said Las Vegas sheriff. (Reuters)
■ More than 400 victims were taken to hospital after a mass shooting in Las Vegas which left 50 people dead, police said on Monday. Approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement which also put the toll from Sunday night’s shooting at 50.
Police had previously said at least 50 people had been killed at the country music festival and put the number of injured at more than 200.
It was not immediately clear if the 406 included anyone who was later pronounced dead in hospital. (AP)
■ Pope Francis on Monday described a deadly shooting at a Las Vegas concert as a “senseless tragedy" after at least 50 people were gunned down and over 200 others wounded.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the shooting in Las Vegas, Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy," the Vatican said in a telegram.
“He commends the efforts of the police and emergency service personnel, and offers the promise of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died," it added.
■ Vice-president Mike Pence posted on Twitter, saying he and his wife were praying for the victims.
■ Popular American country singer Jason Aldean, who was performing when a gunman opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas, today described the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history as “beyond horrific."
“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," Aldean wrote on his Instagram account.
“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," CNN quoted the 40-year-old singer as writing.
The two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Award winner has sold 15 million albums. (PTI)
■ Two on-duty LVMPD officers were injured during the shooting. One is in stable condition after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries, Las Vegas police said in a tweet.
In another update from Las Vegas police, “Flamingo Rd is open both directions. Tropicana and Russell Rd. remain closed at this time. Hotels are open for traffic except @MandalayBay."
■ US President Donald Trump has posted on Twitter to say his “warmest condolences and sympathies" are with the Las Vegas victims and their families.
■ More than 50 people have been killed and at least 200 injured, Las Vegas police officials confirmed in a second press briefing. Clark County sheriff says police found one of vehicles that belonged to suspect in Las Vegas shooting.
Sheriff identifies slain suspect in Las Vegas as Stephen Paddock, provides no further information.
Police in Las Vegas believe they have located woman of interest in shooting on strip, the sheriff added.
■ Las Vegas Police to have another briefing shortly with sheriff regarding their investigation into the Strip shooting.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo had earlier said they believe this was a “lone wolf" attack but said they are looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest.
■ Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, said he was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.
“It was crazy - I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life," McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks, after people ran over him in the panicked crowd. (Reuters)
■ Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since a gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016.
“We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static." (Reuters)
■ Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, he said. He described her as Asian, 4 foot 11 inches (1.5 m) tall, 111 pounds (50 kg). He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an “associate".
Police were also searching for two cars that belonged to the suspect. (Reuters)
■ US media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing around 10:45pm local time on Sunday when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca.
CNN reported all the artists were safe.
■ Las Vegas police has released the image of a suspect for questioning into the active shooter incident.
“Marilou Danley is being sought for questioning in the investigation into the active shooter incident. If seen please call 9-1-1!," Las Vegas police said in a tweet.
■ British PM Theresa May says Uk’s thoughts are with the victims of the Las Vegas attack. (Reuters)
■ Las Vegas police update: “Freeways have been reopened for through traffic. However the OFF RAMPS heading eastbound are CLOSED from Sahara Ave. to Russell Rd."
■ Las Vegas police says they are “searching for two vehicles associated with the shooter: Hyundai Tucson Nevada/114B40 and a Chrysler Pacifica Nevada/79D401."
■ Police apprehended Las Vegas shooting suspect on 32nd floor of mandalay bay, where he died: sheriff. (Reuters)
■ Police search for a female companion who travelled with suspect before Las Vegas shooting: sheriff. (Reuters)
■ At least 20 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, police said.
“We have in excess of 100-plus injured and excess of 20- plus that have died at this point," Las Vegas Metro Police sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a press conference. The gunman, who was a local man, was killed after police “engaged the suspect," Lombardo told reporters. (AFP)
■ A Southern California police department says one of its off-duty officers was shot during the attack on a Las Vegas concert.
Several officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday when a gunman opened fire. One was shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities did not release his name. (AP)
■ Some flights have resumed at the Las Vegas airport after all planes were temporarily grounded due to the deadly shooting on the Strip. (AP)
■ A twitter user has posted a footage of the Jason Aldean concert initially carrying on as multiple shots are heard.
■ A media briefing is by Joseph Lombardo, Sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, is due at 12.45pm local time.
Meanwhile, “Limited flight activity has resumed at @LASairport. Please monitor flight status with your airline. Expect on going delays," said a tweet from McCarran airport.
■ Las Vegas police say one suspect is ‘down’ after shooting at country music festival that has left two people dead and dozens wounded. (AP)
■ Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter: “Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time." (AP)
■ Flights at Mccarran International Airport were temporarily halted after the reported shooting, the airport said on Twitter.
■ University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said 26 people were admitted to the hospital. She says, of those, at least two have died, 12 are in critical condition and the rest are being evaluated.
■ Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.
■ Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gun fire.
Witnesses say they saw multiple victims Sunday night as they fled the gunfire raining down on the concert venue. Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino. (AP)
■ Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP)
■ Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival. (AP)
■ Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. (AP)
■ University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the Las Vegas hospital is taking in “several" people with gunshot wounds. She didn’t have any other immediate information. (AP)
■ Witnesses say country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the concert when gunfire rang out. (AP)
— Agencies contributed to the live updates