UPDATED: 4:40 P.M., Monday, Oct. 2
Police in Las Vegas say that Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 59 people at an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night. At least 515 were wounded or hurt in the ensuing stampede, according to ABC News.
Here are the basics of the worst mass shooting in American history.
- It appears that Paddock fired guns from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at about 10 p.m. PDT into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
- Multiple loaded high-capacity magazines were found in the suspected Las Vegas shooter’s hotel room, according to multiple law enforcement sources, ABC News said.
- A modified bump stock rifle was also found, which allows a gun to simulate rapid automatic gunfire. Law enforcement officials are still in the process of examining firearms to determine if they were capable of firing automatically.
- One official said Paddock had a camera mounted in the room, apparently to record himself, ABC News reported. In a separate location searched by authorities, tannerite, an explosive used in target practice, was found, sources told ABC.
- The Fresno Bee reported Monday that Heather Plata of Fresno was with her husband in the VIP section of the festival when the gunshots rang out. Plata heard the gunshots and first thought it was firecrackers. She and her husband crouched down in the confusion, but realized something was wrong when performer Jason Aldean ran off the stage.
- The Bee’s Brianna Calix also filed this report:Crystal Alaniz, a 32-year-old woman who lives in Fresno, was on an Allegiant Air flight Monday morning from Las Vegas, and tearfully met her family at the airport just after 11 a.m. She told her account of the terrifying night:Alaniz attended the country music festival for the first time with seven girlfriends. “It was just supposed to be a girls trip to have fun,” she said. “My friends go there every year, so I thought I would join them this year. I just saw everybody being shot and falling to the floor, and I didn’t know what to do. I crawled under a trailer and under the bleachers and I was stuck under there. I just kept praying and hoping I was going to get out of there alive.”
- Paddock was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor after a police SWAT team broke down the door. Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe Paddock killed himself.
- CNN is reporting that officers found at least 10 rifles in the room. He is believed to have used a military-style weapon for the shootings.
- “Mars just fell into the earth,” Eric Paddock, brother of the alleged shooter, told NBC News. “We’re completely dumbfounded.”
- NBC News is reporting that the shooting is not believed to be connected to international terrorism.
- Paddock was a licensed pilot, who owned two planes. He reportedly lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, which is about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
- According to CNN: “Authorities searched his home Monday and found weapons and ammunition, but Mesquite police spokesman Quinn Averett did not give details. Averett didn’t know how long Paddock had lived in the area.”
- According to NBC News: “In the last few weeks, Stephen Paddock made several gambling transactions worth thousands of dollars, according to law enforcement officials. It was not immediately clear if those transactions were losses or wins.”
- Marilou Danley was identified as Paddock’s companion or roommate, Lombardo said. She does not appear to have been involved in the shooting and was in the Philippines when the shooting took place, authorities told CNN. Paddock had been using some of her identification, Lombardo said.
- Country music superstar Jason Aldean was on stage when the shots began. He posted a statement on Instagram saying that he and his crew were safe. “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. #heartbroken#stopthehate,” he wrote.
President Donald Trump issued a statement at 7:50 a.m. PDT. It read in part:”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 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.”Scripture teaches us, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward. In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff.”I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.”In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us — our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.”Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today — and always will, forever.”