2017 Las Vegas shooting

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A birds-eye view looking north along the Las Vegas Strip, with the Mandalay Bay hotel in the center. The concert took place just to the right of the hotel at the dark lot in front of the white building near the top-right of the picture.
President Donald Trump gives his comments on the Las Vegas shooting.

The 2017 Las Vegas shooting happened during a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, on October 1, 2017. During the festival's last performance by singer Jason Aldean at a huge outdoor concert attended by around 22,000, a gunman, located on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel, began shooting toward the festival crowd.[1][2] This resulted in at least 58 deaths and 489 injuries, making this shooting the largest and deadliest by a single gunman in the United States. Due to the large number of casualties, a final death toll is still being figured out.[3]

Shooter[change | change source]

The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, who lived in Mesquite, Nevada.[4] Police, relatives and neighbors described him as a gambler.[5] When police arrived at his hotel room, Paddock was found dead there; he had killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His reason for the shooting is unknown and is being figured out by investigators.

Victims[change | change source]

At least 58 people were killed,[6][7][8] including an off-duty police officer.[9] At least 489 people were hurt, some of whom were sent to hospitals, including the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.[10]

Reactions[change | change source]

President Donald Trump posted on Twitter of his "warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting".[11] In a public meeting with the press the next morning, he said the shooting was an "act of pure evil", a "senseless murder" and a "terrible, terrible attack". He praised the "miraculous" quick action of first responders. Later, he met with the victims on October 4, along with their relatives and police.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hawkins, Derek; Andrews, Travis M. (October 2, 2017). "At least 20 dead, 100 injured at shooting on Las Vegas Strip, police say". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. Newman, Melinda (October 2, 2017). "Jason Aldean Responds To Route 91 Festival Shooting: 'Tonight Has Been Beyond Horrific'". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  3. "'It was a horror show': Mass shooting leaves more than 50 dead, 400 wounded on Las Vegas Strip". Las Vegas Review-Journal. October 2, 2017.
  4. "Suspect in Las Vegas shooting identified as Stephen Paddock". NBC News. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  5. "Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was a high-stakes gambler who 'kept to himself' before massacre". Washington Post. October 2, 2017.
  6. "Las Vegas shooting: At least 58 dead, 515 hurt in Mandalay Bay shooting". CBS News. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  7. Cano, Sally Ho and Regina Garcia (October 2, 2017). "58 killed in worst mass shooting in U.S. history". CTVNews. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  8. Yan, Holly; Victor, Philip; Cullinane, Susannah (October 2, 2017). "58 killed, 515 hurt in Las Vegas Strip massacre". CNN. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  9. "Las Vegas shooting: 50 people killed in Mandalay Bay attack". BBC News. October 2, 2017.
  10. "Las Vegas shooting - what we know so far". BBC. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  11. realDonaldTrump (October 2, 2017). "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" (Tweet).
  12. Unterberger, Andrew (October 2, 2017). "President Trump Calls Las Vegas Shooting 'An Act of Pure Evil' in National Address: Read the Full Transcript". Billboard.