A gunman at a Las Vegas hotel opened fire on a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, killing at least 58 people and wounding hundreds of others, officials said, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.
“We believe the individual killed himself,” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on CNN.
Online video of the attack outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino showed the singer Jason Aldean performing outside at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event, interrupted by the sound of automatic gunfire. The music stopped, and concertgoers ducked for cover. “Get down,” one shouted. “Stay down,” screamed another. The shooting sent thousands of people fleeing the area.
Several SWAT teams were sent to the hotel immediately after the first reports of the shooting at 10:08 p.m., and officers who were overheard on police radio reported being pinned down by gunfire. Shortly before midnight, the Las Vegas police reported that “one suspect is down,” and soon thereafter the police said they did not believe there were any more active gunmen.