More Than 50 Dead in Shooting at Jason Aldean Concert
A shooting during the Jason Aldean concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas late in the night on Sunday, October 1, 2017, has been dubbed the. At last report, the death toll stands at 59 with more than 500 wounded. While this story is still developing, here's what we do know:
- CNN reports that the shooting happened at the Mandalay Bay Casino on the Las Vegas Strip around 10pm (WST)
- An estimated 22,000 people were in attendance at the concert and that more than 400 people were transported to hospitals with wounds.
- This shooting is not believed to be an act of terrorism. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting but offered no proof of their involvement.
- Las Vegas Sheriff, Joseph Lombardo said in a press conference on CBS News that the shooter is no longer alive and that law enforcement believes the shooter killed himself before law enforcement reached him on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel. Lombardo stated it was believed the shooter was working, "We believe it's a solo actor. A lone wolf."
- Sheriff Lombardo has identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, a white male who lived in Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Paddock received a citation several years ago which went through the court system, but other than that, Lombardo says that there were no other major previous run-ins with the law.
- Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that the gunshots appeared to be coming from the top floor of the hotel and Sheriff Lombardo confirmed, saying that the shooter was found on the 32nd floor of the hotel where it's believed that he opened fire on the concert crowd below.
- Law enforcement officials located a woman who they'd previously dubbed a "person of interest." The woman's name is Marilou Danley and according to CBS News, Danley was Paddock's wife. According to Sheriff Lombardo, Danley was located out of the country and was not with Paddock at the time of the shooting. It's believed that Paddock used pieces of Danley's ID while checking into the Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel. Sheriff Lombardo stated that Paddock had been staying at the hotel since the 28th of September.
- The American Red Cross has set up a command center to assist family members who are searching for loved ones who were at the concert. If you're trying to locate a family member who was at the concert and you're not able to get to Las Vegas in person, please call 866-535-5654.
- The FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are assisting with this ongoing investigation. If you have any information, photos or video, you're asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).
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Jason Aldean took to Instagram in the early morning hours to express his thoughts.
Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on