At least 59 dead, more than 527 hurt in Las Vegas concert attack

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  1. SHOOTER13

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    At least 59 dead, more than 527 hurt in Las Vegas concert attack...

    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Some 58+ people died and more than 500+ were hurt when a 64-year-old gunman with an arsenal of at least 10 rifles fired on Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday, raining down bullets from a 32nd-floor window for several minutes before killing himself.

    The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary, would make the mass shooting the deadliest in U.S. history, eclipsing last year's massacre of 49 people at an Orlando night club by a gunman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants.

    Some 22,000 people were in the crowd when a man police identified as Stephen Paddock opened fire, sparking a panic in which some people trampled on others, as law enforcement officers scrambled to locate the gunman.

    Shocked concert goers, some with blood on their clothing, wandered the streets afterwards.

    Police said they had no information about Paddock's motive, that he had no criminal record and was not believed to be connected to any militant group. Paddock killed himself before police entered the hotel room he was firing from, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.

    "We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said.

    A senior U.S. government official told Reuters that Paddock's name was not on any database of suspected terrorists.

    Lombardo said there were more than 10 rifles in the room where Paddock killed himself after checking into the hotel on Thursday.

    The dead included one off-duty police officer, Lombardo said. Two on-duty officers were injured, including one who was in stable condition after surgery and one who sustained minor injuries, Lombardo said. Police warned the death toll may rise.

    As sunrise approached, police were still finding people who had taken cover during the attack, Lombardo said.

    "It's going to take time for us to get through the evacuation phase," Lombardo said.

    'JUST KEPT GOING ON'

    Video of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.

    "People were just dropping to the ground. It just kept going on," said Steve Smith, a 45-year-old visitor from Phoenix, Arizona, who had flown in for the concert. He said the gunfire went on for an extended period of time.

    "Probably 100 shots at a time," Smith said. "It would sound like it was reloading and then it would go again."

    Las Vegas's casinos, nightclubs and shopping draw some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m.

    Shares of U.S. casino operators fell in early trading on Wall Street, with MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay, down 4 percent. Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd, Wynn Resorts Ltd and Las Vegas Sands Corp each fell 1 to 2 percent.

    Mike McGarry, a financial adviser from Philadelphia, 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," McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks, after people ran over him in the panicked crowd.

    The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

    "Tonight has been beyond horrific," Aldean said in a statement on Instagram. "It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone."

    'WE'RE HORRIFIED'

    The suspected shooter's brother, Eric Paddock, said the family was stunned.

    "We have no idea. We're horrified. We're bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims," Eric Paddock said in a brief telephone interview, his voice trembling. "We have no idea in the world."

    U.S. President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the victims via a post on Twitter.

    "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Vegas shooting. God bless you!" said Trump, who was due to address the nation at 10:30 a.m. ET.

    As with previous U.S. mass shootings, the incident sparked anger among advocates for gun control. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms, and gun-rights advocates staunchly defend that provision.

    "It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something," said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, where 26 young children and educators were killed in an attack on a school in 2012.

    "This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic."

    The rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a wave of coordinated attacks by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.
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  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families...
  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Stephen Paddock: What we know about Las Vegas shooting suspect

    The suspected gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was a 64-year-old Nevada resident who fired out of his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before turning his gun on himself, police said.

    Las Vegas Police said Stephen Paddock was found dead when a SWAT team breached his room on the 32nd floor of the resort and casino, located across the street from the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert.

    He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just as police burst their way into the room, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Police found that Paddock was in possession of more than 10 rifles.

    Paddock checked in as a hotel guest on Sept. 28 before the attack, which left at least 50 people dead and more than 200 injured, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.

    Eric Paddock, his brother, told The Daily Mail that there was "absolutely no indication he could do something like this.

    "He has no political affiliation, no religious affiliation, as far as we know," Eric Paddock said. "Our condolences go to the victims and all their families."

    Lombardo said police are investigating how Paddock got the weapons into the hotel and if he had been hiding them.

    "We've located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied," Lombardo told the media.

    He added: "We have no idea what his belief system was. Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static."

    Responding officers used an explosive device to force the door open into Paddock's room, law enforcement officials told Fox News.

    Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that Paddock "was known to local authorities," in Las Vegas. But police in Mesquite, where Paddock lived, said he never had any run-ins with officers, the Desert Valley Times reported.

    Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock's roommate, Marilou Danley, as "person of interest." Detectives later made contact with her, and "do not believe she is involved with the shooting on the strip."

    Eric told The Daily Mail that Danley is Paddock's girlfriend.

    The pair lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, about an hour northeast of Las Vegas.

    Paddock apparently was the manager of the apartment complex -- which was being searched by police early Monday morning -- FOX 5 News reported.

    "He was just a guy," Eric Paddock told The Daily Mail. "Something happened, he snapped or something, he was just a guy."
  4. SHOOTER13

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    HERE IT COMES...

    Las Vegas Gun Laws: Open Carry, Machine Guns Legal

    Nevada has some of the most-relaxed gun laws in the country, a legislative condition that is sure to come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

    Nevada law does not require firearms owners to have licenses, register their weapons, or limits the number of firearms an individual posses. Automatic assault weapons and machine guns are also legal in the state as long as they are registered and are possessed in adherence to federal law, according to the National Rifle Association.

    Nevada does not prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines. Local law enforcement issues concealed handgun licenses. Open carry is legal without a permit.

    Anti-gun activists did score a narrow victory last year by passing Question 1, a resolution calling for background checks through a licensed gun dealer for all sales in the state, even private and online sales.

    Initial reports on social media appear to have shown that lone-wolf shooter Stephen Paddock used a high-caliber automatic weapon in the the Las Vegas shooting. In footage shared of the attack scores of rounds of ammunition can be heard going off in a matter of seconds.

    Such weapons were previously prohibited under the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004. Several lawmakers have attempted to renew the ban, coming closest, but still failing, after the Newtown school shooting in 2012.

    The Coalition to Stop Gun violence has said it is “no surprise” that perpetrators of mass shootings favor such weapons. “Assault weapons are designed to maximize lethality; they are intended to kill as many humans as possible as quickly as possible,” the anti-gun group said.

    The gun lobby has been deeply critical of new laws in Nevada enforcing the background checks, legislation supported by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Question 1 initiative is the subject of legal challenges and it is unclear who would carry out the checks.

    Nevada has carried out these checks since 1998. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal the FBI, which the new legislation said would carry out the checks, has declined to do so because they are not federally mandated.
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  5. Rob poston

    Rob poston Well-Known Member

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims, as well as their loved ones.
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    Hillary Clinton slammed for ‘ignorant’ statement on guns after Las Vegas shooting...

    Hillary Clinton took heat Monday for issuing what critics called an “ignorant” and “irrelevant” statement going after the NRA and silencers in the hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting.

    As details were still emerging about the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history – which killed at least 58 people – the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee took to Twitter to imagine how much deadlier the massacre might have been if silencers had been used.

    “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she tweeted, adding: “Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

    It was an apparent reference to the NRA’s push to ease federal rules for silencers.

    But conservative critics quickly hit back, saying silencers probably would only moderately dampen the sound of gunfire in this kind of attack – especially from what was described as a high-powered weapon.

    “Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jackhammer,” tweeted Dana Loesch, a talk radio host and NRA spokeswoman.

    Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, editor in chief of The Daily Wire, blasted Clinton’s tweets as “Ignorant, irrelevant and exploitative.”

    Radio host and CIA veteran Buck Sexton had a similar take: “Appallingly stupid, and entirely irrelevant, Mrs Clinton She knows nothing about firearms, and even worse, she doesn't care.”

    It’s unclear what weapons the shooter, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was using. Witnesses described the sound of rapid automatic gunfire – which many believed to be firecrackers – ringing out as thousands ran for cover. One vendor told Fox News that “it sounded like a machine gun.” Authorities said the shooter had more than 10 rifles in the hotel room where he fired on concert-goers below.

    The casualties in the attack exceeded those of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Florida more than a year ago. As with the Pulse attack, the Las Vegas shooting led to prompt calls from Democrats – not just Clinton – for gun legislation, though the party has struggled to tighten laws even when the Obama administration was in power.
    Connecticut’s senators, who have been especially outspoken on gun control ever since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, were among the first to issue statements Monday.

    “Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in a statement. “This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something."

    Connecticut’s other Democratic senator, Richard Blumenthal, issued a similar statement.

    “It has been barely a year since what was previously the largest mass shooting in American history – the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub. In the interim, thousands more have been lost to the daily, ruthless toll of gun violence. Still, Congress refuses to act. I am more than frustrated, I am furious,” he said.

    As the lawmakers seemed to acknowledge, gun legislation stands little chance of passing under a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.

    After the Pulse shooting, Senate Democrats launched a 15-hour filibuster followed by a Democratic sit-in on the House floor in a high-profile push for gun control legislation. But the divided Senate ultimately rejected all four gun measures put on the floor for a vote.

    The battle over gun restrictions has, meanwhile, played out in a more substantive fashion on the state level – and at the courts.

    Most recently, a federal appeals court last week delivered a win for gun rights activists by keeping in place another court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for the District of Columbia to require gun owners to provide a “good reason” for legally carrying a concealed weapon in the nation’s capital. The dispute could be on a path to the Supreme Court.


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  7. SHOOTER13

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    The two separate windows ( in the same room ) being out gave him better fields of fire and smoke ventilation from his 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay perch.

    It wasn’t the hundreds of muzzle flashes that exploded from the shooter’s rifles that gave away his position.

    Nor was it the panicked 911 calls from people reporting the rhythmic thundering of gunfire.

    It was the smoke.

    The SWAT team used the alarm triggered by the smoke to zero in on Paddock’s position in about 20 minutes — not nearly enough time for a floor-by-floor search of the hotel, which has 3,309 rooms and a 135,000-square-foot casino.

    After they located his room, the SWAT team members used explosives to get inside, the sheriff’s office said. Paddock, 64, killed himself before the officers entered, according to Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

    Paddock’s room had a bird’s-eye view of the concert grounds.

    “He rained down hell on those people,” Sutton told The Washington Post. “Hundreds of rounds. The sheriff said that there were several firearms found in the room. He was extremely well armed. He must have brought plenty more ammunition, already loaded into magazines.”

    Police think Paddock had been staying at the Mandalay Bay hotel since Thursday, concealing a cache of weapons.

    It does not take long for the smoke from a fired round to fill a room, especially a small one without any ventilation.

    “Each shot fired releases a small quantity of harmful dust and gases,” according to guidelines from the National Air Filtration Association.

    Gases and particulates can build up even in firing ranges where there is appropriate ventilation, sparking concerns that officers could be sickened during training.
  8. SHOOTER13

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    Multiple police officers, both on and off duty, were among those killed or injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said.

    One local off-duty officer died, while two others who were on duty were wounded by gunfire, said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Of the two wounded, one is stable after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries, he said.

    "It's a devastating time," Lombardo said.

    Many off-duty police officers from Los Angeles, Orange County, Bakersfield and other agencies traveled to Vegas for the show.

    One Orange County sheriff's deputy was severely wounded by gunshot wounds to the abdomen and thigh, according to the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. The wives of two deputies were also reported wounded in the attack. A Bakersfield officer was wounded in the gunfire and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Bakersfield Police Lt. Jeff Burdick.

    They were expected to survive.

    "Our officers were actually attending the concert as civilians," said Burdick, adding that the agency has accounted for every officer known to be there. "Keeping our fingers crossed that that's good info."

    An off-duty LAPD officer was also wounded in the shooting - struck in the leg, a department spokeswoman confirmed. The officer, who is assigned to the LAPD's Foothill Division, was listed in stable condition.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department also confirmed that off-duty personnel were at the festival, and that two were hit by gunfire. Both were transported to a local hospital, where one remains in critical condition and the other is listed in stable condition, authorities said.

    None of the officers were identified.
  9. SHOOTER13

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    Las Vegas gunman’s father was on FBI’s Most Wanted list...

    The father of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was previously on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN on Monday.

    Benjamin Hoskins Paddock appeared on the agency’s infamous registry from June 10, 1969 through May 5, 1977 and was described in an FBI poster as being “diagnosed as psychopathic” and as an individual reported to have “suicidal tendencies” who “has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies.”

    The poster states that Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, known also by several aliases including “Big Daddy,” “Chromedome” and “Old Baldy,” was convicted of bank robbery and automobile theft.

    Paddock landed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after he escaped from a Texas federal prison in 1960. He had been sentenced to 20 years following a bank robbery conviction, according to a 1978 newspaper article in the Eugene Register.

    The paper said Benjamin Hoskins Paddock lived in Oregon’s Eugene-Springfield area for several years under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen.

    Earlier Monday, Eric Paddock — the brother of the las Vegas shooter — told reporters outside of his home in Orlando, Florida, that he was born while his father was on the run from authorities.

    “I didn’t know him. We didn’t know him,” Eric Paddock said. “He was never with my mom. I was born on the run and that’s the last time he was ever associated with by our family.”

    As for what motivated the actions of his brother, Eric Paddock said he and his family are “still just completely befuddled.”

    Authorities are still investigating the possible motivation behind what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

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