2017 Las Vegas shooting

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2017 Las Vegas shooting
View from the Foundation Room (24089601122).jpg
Mandalay Bay Hotel
Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds
View of the location
Map showing the location of the hotel and the festival grounds
LocationParadise, Nevada, U.S.
Coordinates36°5′42″N 115°10′18″W / 36.09500°N 115.17167°W / 36.09500; -115.17167Coordinates: 36°5′42″N 115°10′18″W / 36.09500°N 115.17167°W / 36.09500; -115.17167
DateOctober 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)
c. 10:05 – 10:15 p.m. (PDT; UTC−07:00)
TargetAudience of the Route 91 Harvest music festival
Attack type
Mass shooting, murder–suicide
Weapons24 firearms, including:[1]
Deaths61 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
867 (411 by gunfire)
PerpetratorStephen Paddock
President Donald Trump gives his comments on the Las Vegas shooting.

On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman fired hundreds of bullets from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States at a group of concert-goers across the road at the Route 91 Harvest music festival with AK-47s and AR-15s. From his 32nd floor balcony, Paddock fired over 1000 bullets into the festival. He killed 60 people and wounded 411 before committing suicide. The panic meant that the total injured increased to 867.[2][3] It was the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in the history of the United States.[4]

Shooter[change | change source]

The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, who lived in Mesquite, Nevada.[5] Police, relatives and neighbors described him as a gambler.[6] When police arrived at his hotel room, Paddock was found dead there; he had killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive for the shooting is unknown and has not been discovered by investigators.

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".[7] 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.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Las Vegas shooting: This is what investigators found in Stephen Paddock's hotel room". KTNV-TV. January 19, 2018. Archived from the original on February 1, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  2. 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.
  3. Newman, Melinda (October 2, 2017). "Jason Aldean Responds To Route 91 Festival Shooting: 'Tonight Has Been Beyond Horrific'". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  4. "'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.
  5. "Suspect in Las Vegas shooting identified as Stephen Paddock". NBC News. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  6. "Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was a high-stakes gambler who 'kept to himself' before massacre". Washington Post. October 2, 2017.
  7. Trump, Donald [@realDonaldTrump] (October 2, 2017). "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. Unterberger, Andrew (October 2, 2017). "President Trump Calls Las Vegas Shooting 'An Act of Pure Evil' in National Address: Read the Full Transcript". Billboard.