UPDATE: A gunman opened fire at a concert outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas last night, sending people fleeing.
More than 58 victims died, and at least 500 others were wounded, officials said, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
With hundreds of victims still hospitalized, officials feared the death toll will keep rising.
The sheriff implored the community to donate blood. And before dawn, throngs of donors had already lined up outside a blood bank.
A video posted online shows Jason Aldean performing outside the hotel at Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival, interrupted by the sound of automatic gunfire as concertgoers ducked for cover. An estimated 30,000 were in attendance.
Shortly before midnight the Las Vegas Police Metropolitan Police Department reported that “one suspect is down,” and soon thereafter the police said they did not believe there were any more active gunmen.
The shooter has been identified as 64 year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.
More than twenty-six people were admitted to the hospital, Danita Cohen, a spokeswoman for University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. At least 50 have died, and more are in critical condition.
One officer reported that civilians were “trying to take patrol cars,” but it was not clear why. One officer is in critical condition.
A concertgoer, Robyn Webb, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal,
“It just kept coming. It was relentless.”
Another eyewitness Rachel de Kerf said,
“The gunshots lasted for 10 to 15 minutes. It didn’t stop.“
The police closed off about a mile of Las Vegas Boulevard and asked the public to steer clear of the area. The gunman, who has been killed, was reportedly shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The hotel itself was placed on virtual lockdown after the shooting. Todd Price, a guest of Mandalay Bay, told CNN.
“We went into the hotel and they started shutting down casinos. We tried to get into our rooms, and they shut down the elevators and started to get everybody out.”
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas said that some flights destined for the airport were diverted because of police activity. The airport is just east of the Mandalay hotel, and after the shooting there were reports of people fleeing the concert by running onto an airport runway.
“We saw Jason [Aldean] run off stage and people all over on the floor…some were screaming and yelling and running,” shooting witness says pic.twitter.com/SZaUpS53R6
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) October 2, 2017
Witness recounts concertgoers running each time shooter reloaded: "You'd hear the gunshots rattling, and then it'd go quiet." pic.twitter.com/dwr67RzAO5
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2017
Video courtesy of Drew Akioshi. He was attending the concert at mandalay bay when shooting started. pic.twitter.com/mbyh9Y387q
— David Sakach (@davidsakach) October 2, 2017
Shooting in Las Vegas. People fleeing (video from the Mandalay Bay hotel) pic.twitter.com/hs98J5uK6T
— Eiki Hrafnsson (@EirikurH) October 2, 2017
— Chase Stevens (@CSStevensphoto) October 2, 2017
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerTW) October 2, 2017
The scenes of the shooting during a concert in #LasVegas!!!
— Rancy Rima (@RancyRima) October 2, 2017
The police killed a gunman after a shooting in Las Vegas. They believed there were no other attackers. Live updates: https://t.co/L531hAok1v
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 2, 2017
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 2, 2017
— Paula Russo (@__PaulaRusso) October 2, 2017
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
(Photo, Twitter; via NY Times)