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everjaded

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A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert near Mandalay Bay late Sunday, killing at least 50 people, injuring more than 200 and sending the Las Vegas Strip into chaos.

The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer attending the concert was among the victims killed.

Families seeking information on the welfare of loved ones should call 866-535-5654.

The suspect, 64-year-old Mesquite resident Stephen Paddock, was killed by police on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early Monday. He said police believed they had located Marilou Danley, a person of interest associated with Paddock.

Police also found two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson, Nevada license plate 114 B40, and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, Nevada license plate 79D 401.

The attack came during the last performances on the final night of the three-day Route 91 country music festival, which has been held for the past four years on a 15-acre lot on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Mandalay Bay.

Gunfire from an automatic weapon rang out while Jason Aldean was onstage. Concertgoer Ivetta Saldana, who was there with a friend, said the shots sounded like fireworks.

She said she hid in a sewer.

“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.”

One responding officer was critically injured, and another had minor injuries, police said.

False reports of other shooters

At one point police were investigating reports of active shooters at other Strip properties. Those reports turned out to be false.

Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand and the Tropicana remained on lockdown at 2:25 a.m. Guests were told to stay in their rooms, and the hotels were not letting people into the building.

Roads throughout the area, including I-15 between Blue Diamond Road and Charleston Boulevard, were shut down. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking people to avoid the south Strip.

It appeared the shooter was firing down at concertgoers from an upper-level room at Mandalay Bay.

Scores of victims were transported to hospitals across the valley. One off-duty police officer from Bakersfield was among the victims.


‘It was relentless’

Matt and Robyn Webb from Orange County said they sheltered underneath their seats as burst after burst of gunfire rained down from the direction of Mandalay Bay.

“It just kept coming,” Robyn Webb said. “It was relentless.”

They eventually evacuated toward Reno Avenue, where they said they saw as many as 20 people lying in the street bleeding.

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

They ended up at Hooters Hotel Casino, but they said they had to flee from there with the panicked crowd as more shots rang out.

“We thought we were safe,” Robyn said.

They ended up sitting together on a curb next to an empty lot on Tropicana Avenue just east of Koval Lane, trying to get news on their phones and collect themselves as wailing ambulances streamed to and from the scene.

They said they had no way to get back to their room and their two puppies, now on lockdown at the Delano.

Evacuees to Thomas & Mack

Several busloads of people were brought to the Thomas & Mack Center, many of them festival goers in cowboy boots.

They were offered water and restrooms as they waited to catch rides somewhere else or find out if they would be allowed back to their hotels.

First, though, each evacuee was patted down by police before being allowed inside the arena.

One man showed up at Thomas & Mack with what turned out to be a wound on the back of his leg. It was unclear if he’d been shot to struck by shrapnel. He was bandaged and taken away in an ambulance.

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.

FBI SWAT as well as SWAT units from Henderson, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas were called to the scene, according to police scanner traffice.

Scores of ambulances, a helicopter and police vehicles were on the scene, and victims were sent to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital Medical Center. Health care workers from around the valley were called into hospitals and to the scene. The wounded were moved in wheelbarrows and luggage carts.

More than 25 flights were diverted from McCarran International Airport as of midnight, according to airport spokeswoman Christine Crews. Flights were being held as the flight path was reconfigured to keep airplanes from getting shot.

‘We couldn’t just sit at home’

Jessica Perez, 21, was in bed at home when she learned about the shooting. Less than an hour later, she had five multipacks of water in the trunk of her car and headed toward the Strip with her brother and cousin.

“We couldn’t just sit at home doing nothing,” the Las Vegas resident said. “Everyone was begging us please don’t go, but we couldn’t sit there.”

Perez said news reports led them to the staging area at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Sunset Road, where a large mix of reporters and civilians were camped out waiting for updates from Metro.

“We knew everyone would be coming here,” she said. “My heart hurts and I can’t believe this is happening in my home.”
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/the-strip/it-was-a-horror-show-mass-shooting-leaves-more-than-50-dead-200-wounded-on-las-vegas-strip/
 

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everjaded

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@lithiumgirl it hasn't been stated yet. Not a lot of info out on the shooter. They did say he has no known terrorist ties, but is known to local police. Whatever that means.

Could just mean he's been arrested for some dumb shit before that's totally unrelated to anything of this caliber.

The female I think is his roommate and was believed to be traveling with him.
 

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jenthgr8

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I usually do a good job of avoiding the news but this is all over my timeline. Fucking horrifying.
 

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JackBurton

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Don't know what to make of this one yet. Usually someone shooting 50 people dead would be a horrible tragedy, but at a Jason Aldean concert it's more like an act of mercy. Can this dude really be all that bad if he put so many people out of their torturous misery?

Seriously though, i am fucking distraught that he somehow missed Aldean. The most tragic thing about this is that that trash didnt die. Just fucking awful.
 

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Benighted

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I have a friend who was there near the stage. She hid under the stage for the first wave of shooting then just ran for it. She went back afterwards to help get the injured into ambulances. Her FB page was pretty harrowing to read this morning.
 

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JackBurton

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It's gonna turn out he had some grudge against Las Vegas or the gambling/casino industry there and this was his way of lashing out. Read he had filed a lawsuit against one in 2012 and the case was dismissed in 2014. Wouldnt be surprised if he had gambling problems or lost money from gambling.

Then again, it could just be that he was an old piece of shit. I've said it a thousand times on this site, elderly people are the scum of the fucking earth.
 

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Countess Olenska

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Isis is taking credit for the attack which is doubtful, imo.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/las-vegas-isis-shooting-claims-stephen-paddock-responsibility-latest-a7978941.html

A statement published by the group's Amaq propaganda agency claimed the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State”.

“The Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State in response to calls to target coalition countries,” it said.

Isis also claimed the gunman “converted to Islam several months ago”, without providing more details. Paddock's religion and lifestyle have not yet emerged elsewhere.

The wording of the release is similar to other attacks that have been inspired, rather than directed, by Isis.
 

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giantblue

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Concert goers were told “You’re all going to f***ing die” less than an hour before the Las Vegas shooting started, it has been claimed.

A woman in the crowd is said to have yelled the warning about 45 minutes before the Route 91 Harvest festival became the venue for the worst mass shooting in US history.

After her outburst, it was claimed, the woman and her male companion were made to leave the venue by security.

Less than an hour later, an attack began that left at least 50 people dead.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/las-vegas-shooting-woman-told-125452849.html
 

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ChaosKitty

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guy as on twitter streaming it when it started happening.after it happened they had said only 2 dead and 14 critical but one person had said this number so not sure why they were minimizing it so much then or maximizing it so much now, very bizarre
 

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JackBurton

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Concert goers were told “You’re all going to f***ing die” less than an hour before the Las Vegas shooting started, it has been claimed.

A woman in the crowd is said to have yelled the warning about 45 minutes before the Route 91 Harvest festival became the venue for the worst mass shooting in US history.

After her outburst, it was claimed, the woman and her male companion were made to leave the venue by security.

Less than an hour later, an attack began that left at least 50 people dead.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/las-vegas-shooting-woman-told-125452849.html
I think that shit is either bullshit or it was just a coincidental run of the mill drunk angry nutter nonsense.

I already read the hideous mail order bride bitch he was shacking up with was out of the country at the time.

Also doesnt make sense for someone to try to alert people yet didnt call police.
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guy as on twitter streaming it when it started happening.after it happened they had said only 2 dead and 14 critical but one person had said this number so not sure why they were minimizing it so much then or maximizing it so much now, very bizarre
It's cuz they had no idea the extent of it and the media was reporting anything they could get their disgusting hands on as soon as they had their hands on it.
 

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everjaded

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I wish the media would stop posting the stats for mass shootings like this.

I mean, I get that this is now the worst mass shooting in US history, but actually SAYING that and putting a number on it gives people a new goal to try to surpass for next time.

It's like down here, the Skyway Bridge is a popular suicide spot. They stopped posting actual #'s of deaths a while ago so that people wouldn't try to make a milestone. Sad, but that's how some minds work.
 
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WannaBeMaybe

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4 of our friends from town (very small town in BC, Canada) were in Vegas, and at the concert. They are all OK physically, but distraught over the events of the night. I have not yet heard their stories - I'm not going to ask for details until they are willing to share them. Heartbreaking to know so many have lost their lives and so many more have been injured.
 

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Valasca

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My mother is somewhere in Nevada. I have no fucking clue where.
I don't think she even knows this singer, so I highly doubt she was at the concert BUT she has a gambling addiction.
I tried to call her this morning. Of fucking course it goes straight to voicemail.
This is the kind of drama queen she is. She must certainly know people are going to be worried about her. So, yeah. Turn off the phone.

The other 5 people i know who live there are all safe.
So why can't I get an answer from my mother?
/rages
 

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Norcal Skim

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Such tragic news to wake up to. :(

I was hoping it was some isis muzzball so we could have at least have something to 'fight against'.

But nope, just another run of the mill mass shooting in America. This nation should be fucking embarrassed about Sandy Hook, and even moreso knowing that it's been surpassed in body count TWICE MORE SINCE (Orlando and now last night).
 

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Spider

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I've done some reading today about the suspect and the fucker had moved around alot. I wouldn't be surprised if the shooter is a serial killer or into some weird shady shit.
 

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Abroad

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Such tragic news to wake up to. :(

I was hoping it was some isis muzzball so we could have at least have something to 'fight against'.

But nope, just another run of the mill mass shooting in America. This nation should be fucking embarrassed about Sandy Hook, and even moreso knowing that it's been surpassed in body count TWICE MORE SINCE (Orlando and now last night).
You say that, but it appears ISIS wants to own him, just like they want to own all the crackpots in Europe.
 

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Alf

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The murderer had connections somewhere. The video I saw captured what sounded for all the world like automatic fire, and fully automatic weapons are not something found on the shelves of the neighborhood Wal*Mart.

--Al
 

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Sue sue

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but the 2nd amendment, right?
The 2nd amendment has a purpose. This person may have gotten the guns illegally. Strict gun laws didn't prevent the shootings in France and Sandy hook was a fun free zone. These assholes do to become infamous.
 

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cubby

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/www.yahoo.com/news/gunman-killed-50-las-vegas-150900674.html

@Alf , Here's at least one reason he was able to get hold of fully automatic weapons, he was a multimillionaire.

Stephen Paddock lived in a tidy Nevada retirement community where the amenities include golf, tennis and bocce. He was a multimillionaire real-estate investor, recently shipped his 90-year-old mother a walker and liked to travel to Las Vegas to play high-stakes video poker.

Nothing in his background suggests why he would have been on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with at least 17 guns on Sunday night, raining an unparalleled slaughter upon an outdoor country music festival below.

"I can't even make something up," his bewildered brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters Monday. "There's just nothing."

At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in Paddock's attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where country music star Jason Aldean was performing for more than 22,000 fans. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The 64-year-old gunman killed himself in the hotel room before authorities arrived.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, without offering evidence, but Aaron Rouse, the FBI agent in charge in Las Vegas, said investigators saw no connection to international terrorism.

Asked about a potential motive, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said he could not "get into the mind of a psychopath at this point."

Public records offered no hint of financial distress or criminal history. Eric Paddock, who spoke with reporters outside his home near Orlando, Florida, said even if his brother had been in financial trouble, the family could have bailed him out.

"No affiliation, no religion, no politics. He never cared about any of that stuff," Eric Paddock said as he alternately wept and shouted. "He was a guy who had money. He went on cruises and gambled."

Stephen Paddock, who had worked previously as an accountant, was "not an avid gun guy at all," though he had a couple of handguns and a long gun, he said.

Eric Paddock also told The Associated Press that he had not talked to his brother in six months and last heard from him when Stephen checked in briefly by text message after Hurricane Irma.

Their mother spoke with him about two weeks ago, and when he found out recently that she needed a walker, he sent her one, Eric Paddock said.

"She's completely in shock," he said.

Eric Paddock recalled receiving a recent text from his brother showing "a picture that he won $40,000 on a slot machine. But that's the way he played."

He described his brother as a multimillionaire and said they had business dealings and owned property together. He said he was not aware that his brother had gambling debts.

"He had substantial wealth. He'd tell me when he'd win. He'd grouse when he'd lost. He never said he'd lost four million dollars or something. I think he would have told me."

Heavily armed police searched Paddock's home Monday in Mesquite, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas near the Arizona border, looking for clues. Paddock lived there with his 62-year-old girlfriend, who authorities said was out of the country when the shooting happened. Eric Paddock described her as kindly and said she sometimes sent cookies to his mother.

Police also searched a two-bedroom home Paddock owned in a retirement community in Reno, 500 miles from Mesquite.

While Stephen Paddock appeared to have no criminal history, his father was a notorious bank robber, Eric Paddock confirmed to The Orlando Sentinel. Benjamin Hoskins Paddock tried to run down an FBI agent with his car in Las Vegas in 1960 and wound up on the agency's most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1968, when Stephen Paddock was a teen.

The oldest of four children, Paddock was 7 when his father was arrested for the robberies. A neighbor, Eva Price, took him swimming while FBI agents searched the family home.

She told the Tucson Citizen at the time: "We're trying to keep Steve from knowing his father is held as a bank robber. I hardly know the family, but Steve is a nice boy. It's a terrible thing."

An FBI poster issued after the escape said Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had been "diagnosed as psychopathic" and should be considered "armed and very dangerous." He'd been serving a 20-year sentence for a string of bank robberies in Phoenix.

The elder Paddock remained on the lam for nearly a decade, living under an assumed name in Oregon. Investigators found him in 1978 after he attracted publicity for opening the state's first licensed bingo parlor. He died in 1998.

Stephen Paddock bought his one-story, three-bedroom home in a newly built Mesquite subdivision for $369,000, in 2015, property records show. Past court filings and recorded deeds in California and Texas suggest he co-owned rental property.

He previously lived in another Mesquite — the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas — from 2004 to 2012, according to Mesquite, Texas, police Lt. Brian Parrish. Paddock owned at least three separate rental properties, Parrish said, and there was no indication the police department had any contact with him over that time, Parrish said.

He has been divorced at least twice, including marriages that ended in 1980 and 1990. One of the ex-wives lives in Southern California, where a large gathering of reporters congregated in her neighborhood. Los Angeles police Sgt. Cort Bishop said she did not want to speak with journalists. He relayed that the two had not been in contact for a long time and did not have children.

According to federal aviation records, Paddock was issued a private pilot's license in November 2003. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said he obtained three-day, nonresident fishing licenses in 2009 and 2010.

In 2012, Paddock sued the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Resorts in Nevada, saying he slipped and fell on a wet floor there. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed by a judge and settled by arbitration.

Reached by telephone, Paddock's lawyer at the time, Jared R. Richards, said he could not comment because of client confidentiality concerns.

Paddock kept a vacation home in Heritage Isle, a gated retirement community in Viera, Florida, from 2013 to 2015, said Don Judy, his neighbor there. Judy said gambling, online and in person, was how Paddock claimed to make his living. One time, he said, Paddock showed Judy's wife his laptop as evidence that he had won $20,000 in an online game.

"He never gave me any indication that he was strapped for money or needing money," Judy said. "He said he was a gambler by trade, a speculator."

Judy described Paddock as "a real nice guy" who typically dressed in a polo shirt and shorts and didn't stand out among other part-time residents.

"The second time I met him, he pulled out his keys and he gave me his house key," Judy said.

When Paddock was away, Judy said, he would bring in his mail and the newspaper and walk through the house to make sure the air conditioning was working and that there wasn't any flood damage after storms.

"He would call me every so often to ask if everything was OK with the house. Just so ordinary. ... There's nothing to profile this guy by."
 

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Forensicwx

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I might be mistaken and apologize if I am.

I thought I had read that he had altered some of his weapons? To make them fully auto?

I've read so many articles, I can't find it now.
 

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