Las Vegas Mandalay Bay massacre is deadliest shooting in modern US history – Suspect Dead

A gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in US history by opening fire at a Las Vegas outdoor music concert — killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 before being fatally shot, officials said.

Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., unleashed a withering hail of bullets from an automatic weapon from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel as about 40,000 people were enjoying the music.

Described as a “lone wolf” by Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Paddock had a criminal past and was known to local law enforcement, NBC News reported.

He had no known connection to terrorism and police have not called the shooting a terrorist attack, according to Lombardo.

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“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”

He added that “numerous firearms” had been located in the room he had occupied at his Mandalay Bay room, which a SWAT team broke into with a controlled explosion.

The attack came during the last performances on the final night of the three-day Route 91 country music festival on a 15-acre lot on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Mandalay Bay.

Authorities said they have located 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was wanted as a person of interest in the massacre. She had been sitting in Paddock’s car before the attack, Lombardo said.

He described her as an “associate.”

Police also found two vehicles with Nevada license plates, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, that they had been looking for after the rampage, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Two off-duty police officers attending the concert were among the dead victims, Lombardo said. Two on-duty Las Vegas cops were wounded, one critically, he said.

President Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement: “We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials.”

“All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers,” she added.

The gunfire rang out while country music star Jason Aldean was onstage.

Aldean, who described the scene as “beyond horrific,” said he and his crew were safe.

“My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight,” he wrote on Instagram. “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”

MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay, released a statement from company CEO Jim Murren.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of last night’s shooting, their families, and those still fighting for their lives,” Murren said. “We are working with law enforcement and will continue to do all we can to help all of those involved.”

Concertgoer Ivetta Saldana, who was there with a friend and hid in a sewer, said the shots sounded like fireworks, the Las Vegas paper reported.

“It was a horror show,” she said at the Town Square shopping center south of the Strip. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”

Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand and the Tropicana remained on lockdown early Monday while guests were told to stay in their rooms.

Matt and Robyn Webb from Orange County said they sheltered under their seats as bullets rained down from the direction of Mandalay Bay.

“It just kept coming,” Robyn Webb told the paper. “It was relentless.”

They later fled toward Reno Avenue, where they said they saw as many as 20 people bleeding in the street.

“That’s when we knew for sure it was real,” Matt Webb said.

A reporter on the scene at Mandalay Bay said people could be seen running from a casino entrance into the ground floor of the parking garage at the hotel.

Victims were rushed to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital Medical Center. Medical personnel from across the region were called into hospitals and to the scene.

The wounded were seen being moved in wheelbarrows and luggage carts.

Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, said he was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.

“It was crazy — I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” said McGarry, whose shirt bore footprints, after people in the panicked crowd ran over him.

When gunfire broke out, Michelle Leonard was in a booth near the main entrance of the concert.

“It sounded like a thousand shots,” Leonard, a vendor, told ABC News on Monday. The shooting just “kept going nonstop.”

Leonard said “mass confusion” unfolded as people tried to escape the carnage. She said her friend stepped over several dead victims as they tried to flee the “scary” scene.

“I turned around and I looked and people just started running,” she said. “People were just running and falling and screaming,” she said, adding that it seemed as if the shooting lasted for more than a minute.

“It sounded like maybe 16 to 20 rounds,” Leonard said. “I had no idea of where it was coming from or where to run to.”

The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary, would make the attack the deadliest mass shooting in US history, eclipsing last year’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

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Body cam captures deputy saving mother, kids amid gunfire

Body cam captures deputy saving mother, kids amid gunfire (VIDEO)

 

A Florida sheriff’s office released video of the heroic efforts of its deputies saving a wounded mother and her kids from her estranged husband amid gunfire.

“When we say law enforcement officers run toward danger as others run away, this is what we’re talking about,” said the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in a statement about the recording.

Footage captured by the first-responder’s body camera shows Deputy Justin Ferrari jump out of his patrol car at the sound of gunfire, run toward his fellow deputies and ultimately drag the shooting victim and later her kids to safety.

“We believe it’s a compelling example of the heroic work these law enforcement officers are prepared to do every day,” the office said.

The video shows Ferrari responding to a domestic quarrel on Sunday afternoon between Victoria Rosado, 29, and her estranged husband, Emmanuel Rosado, 26.

In the video, Ferrari jumps out of his car after hearing gunfire and runs to a fellow deputy who has his weapon drawn. Victoria, who was shot in the back of leg, screams as she crawls out of the house, so Ferrari runs to her and pulls her to a neighbor’s house as gunfire erupts in the background. She tells him her kids are still there. After she’s safe, he checks the front of the house and the back before running back to get the three children.

The domestic quarrel occurred early Sunday afternoon. On a call with police, Victoria told authorities she had been trying to separate from Emmanuel, but he refused. After she asked him to leave the house, he kept breaking into her bedroom where she sought refuge.

After several minutes on the phone, she screamed and the line went dead. That’s when deputies reported multiple shots fired in their direction through a door and window. Two minutes later, more shots were fired at the deputies.

At some point during the shooting, the deputies heard Emmanuel inside the house say “You’re going to die tonight!”

Two deputies returned fire, but the suspect wasn’t hit. After Victoria and her kids were out of the house,Emmanuel came out of the back of the house as ordered by deputies and was immediately taken into custody.

Victoria was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. No deputies were injured in the exchange.

Emmanuel has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting his wife and at the two deputies. He was booked in a county jail where he is being held without bond.

The sheriff’s office said deputies have responded to reports of disturbances at the home on two other occasions.

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