Horrific videos from the scene of the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting captured the moment that gunshots rang out at a Route 91 concert. Be aware that photos and videos emerging from the scene of the attack are disturbing.
The casualty count grew through the night. Horrifically, at least 59 people were killed in the mass shooting, Las Vegas police said. Police said in a news release that 527 people were transported to hospitals, and they identified Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, as the “lone suspect.” He was a divorced, retired accountant living in a retirement community who had no criminal history.
Las Vegas police wrote on Twitter, “Confirming that one suspect is down. This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time.” Although police were going from hotel to hotel checking other unconfirmed reports of shootings with “strike teams,” they also wrote, “At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters.” Police said Paddock’s motive was not yet clear.
In this disturbing video, you can hear what an eyewitness said was rapid-fire gunshots. After the gunshots ring out, people acted confused at first about what was going on. Then, more shots are heard, and a woman says to colleagues, “Get down. Get down!”
Graphic videos and photos from the scene showed bleeding people collapsed on the ground, and people fleeing in panic.
Country singer Jake Owen was among those at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He tweeted, “Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.”
Owen later tweeted, “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.”
Police scanner traffic demonstrated a frantic and fluid scene. There were unconfirmed reports of explosives, of shootings at other hotels, of hundreds of people hiding out in a theater and in buses and behind bushes, and of crowds fleeing in panic. There were concerns that the shooting could be ISIS-related or a terror attack, especially due to terrorist attacks in Canada and France on October 1, but police later said they do not believe the mass attack was terrorism related.
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