Twenty people now confirmed dead and 100 injured in Las Vegas strip shooting
A gunman opened fire on a crowd gathered outside of the Mandalay Bay Casino late Sunday night, with initial reports showing that two had been killed and 24 others had been injured, with some left in a critical condition.
However, recent developments have brought to light that the incident was far more severe than we feared.
It has now been confirmed by hospital officials that at least 20 people have been killed, with more than 100 others injured. Out of these injured, around 14 are in critical condition.
SWAT teams were sent to the hotel, and officers were pinned down by gunfire. Shortly before midnight the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that "one suspect is down", and soon after they stated that they believed there were no further shooters to be apprehended.
The shooting happened near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, with videos taken by bystanders showing a concert disrupted by the sound of gunfire. Jason Aldean was performing outside the hotel as part of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, when suddenly the music stopped and the audience were forced to run for cover as the shooter fired down on them from the hotel.
Early on Monday morning Sheriff Josepeh Lombardo of Clark County told reporters that 20 had been killed. He didn't identify the gunman, who has reportedly been killed, but did say that the police were seeking a "companion" to the shooter, a woman named Marilou Danley. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are also on the lookout for two vehicles associated with the shooter, which you can find detailed below:
The police cleared out the Mandalay Bay's 29th floor, and worked their way up to the 32nd floor, where the shooter was located. Authorities closed off a mile of the Las Vegas Boulevard, imploring the public to stay far away from the area. Various photos and videos taken at the scene have now begun to emerge, with many of the graphic and upsetting scenes hard to see.
McCarran International Airport has diverted some of its flights because of the police activity in the area. Some of the crowds fled the concert onto an airport runway, as the airport is just east of the Mandalay hotel. The hotel was placed on lockdown after the shooting, as a guest explained to CNN:
"We went into the hotel and they started shutting down casinos. We tried to get into our rooms, and they shut down the elevators and started to get everybody out."
Sheriff Lombardo dismissed reports that there were multiple shooters, as well as claims that there were incidents in other areas of the city. It is believed that the gunman acted alone, starting the shooting at around 10:20 PM on Sunday, though his motives are not yet known. This "sole aggressor" was shot dead in his room.