Two dead and 24 injured as gunman opens fire on crowds on Las Vegas strip
A gunman has opened fire on the Las Vegas strip. Reports have come in that at least two people have been killed and 24 people injured with gunshot wounds. Twelve of the injured are reported to be in critical condition, according to a spokesperson for Las Vegas Hospital.
The incident took place at the Mandalay Bay Casino at 10:30 PM. The Mandalay Bay Hotel, which is adjacent to the Four Seasons, is currently on lockdown, with many other casinos in the vicinity being evacuated. According to the BBC, at least 20 bodies were found at the scene, while University Medical Center spokesperson Danita Cohen said the hospital is taking in "several" people with gunshot wounds.
This all happened close to the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, where a huge crowd was forced to disperse and flee the scene. Witnesses claimed that hundreds of shots were fired, though the police have confirmed that one suspect is "down". The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that the investigation is still ongoing, while advising people to stay away from the area.
Drew Akioshi was watching the concert at the time when the firing started. The music was disrupted, and soon after people realised what exactly what was happening. This experience was captured by Drew while he was filming the event.
Soon after, this footage was captured by another bystander, which shows the crowd running from the scene and ducking for cover as the gunfire continues.
An eyewitness spoke to CNN from a room in a hotel across from the Mandalay Bay, which he claimed he could see from his window:
"Mostly I heard the shots, just so many shots -- I just thought it was a semi braking with the air brakes, but then I went downstairs and saw people running and looking for family. I immediately went back to my room, locked the door, turned the lights off."
Another witness spoke to KSNV, explaining what the gunfire sounded like:
"It didn't sound normal, it sounded like machine guns and it was like several rounds, it was like hundreds of rounds. My boyfriend had me move behind a building here because it just didn't sound right
"And then we hid behind a building and we could just hear hundreds of rounds going off and then about 10 minutes later the police came and just blocked off all the streets."
Some off-duty police officers have also been confirmed to be in the area at the time, with some of them being injured on the scene.
Fortunately, it appears that the incident may be reaching its close, as the LVMPD have stated that they believe that there are no more shooters in the vicinity.
The Mayor of Las Vegas tweeted: "Pray for Las Vegas. Thank you to all our first responders out there now." Some flights have been diverted from the Las Vegas McCarran airport while the incident continues, and police are urging people to avoid the area completely as the investigation continues.