A gunman opened fire on over 22,000 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas killing 50 and injuring more than 400, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. history. Police have said they are ‘not at this point’ treating the incident on Sunday night as an act of terror.
According to reports, the gunman fired on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from a hotel overlooking the event on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The man behind the deadliest massacre in US history has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, who lived in Mesquite, Nevada. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock was shot dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, after a SWAT team used a controlled explosion to enter his room.
Lombardo told reporters a number of weapons were found in Paddock’s hotel room, adding that officers had obtained a warrant and would soon begin searching his home. He described the shooting as a ‘tragic incident and one that we have never experienced in this valley’.
Police are now hunting for Paddock’s roommate 62-year-old Marilou Danleya for questioning. She is 4 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 111 pounds. The public were urged to call 911 if the Asian woman is spotted.
It is unclear if Danleya was involved in the attack or provided some sort of assistance to Paddock to commit the gruesome mass murder. The police only described her as an ‘associate’. David Lapan, spokesman for the U.S. department of Homeland Security, has called for calm, saying there is no information to indicate a “specific credible threat” to other public venues in the country.
At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country.
— David Lapan (@SpoxDHS) October 2, 2017
Meanwhile, the White House has said President Donald Trump has been briefed about the incident. In his usual style, Trump took to Twitter to respond to the incident:
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
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