More than 50 people were killed and 200 injured in the worst mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire at an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night.
Aldean, who was named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year in April 2017, was on stage performing on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival at the Las Vegas Village when the first shots rang out. Concert goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel and videos of the aftermath show hundreds of people fleeing in panic as the gunfire continued. About 40,000 people were attending the festival.
The gunman has been identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, Authorities found several weapons in Paddock’s room after using explosives to enter, law enforcement officials reported. Police have located Paddock’s roommate, Marilou Danley, 62, Lombardo said. They also found two vehicles related to the investigation: a Hyundai Tuscon and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, both with Nevada license plates.
US president Donald Trump has tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”.
Vice President Mike Pence too tweeted about the “senseless violence”. “The hearts & prayers of the American people are with you. You have our condolences and sympathies.To the courageous first responders, thank you for your acts of bravery,” he wrote.
The United States has seen a series of deadly mass shootings in recent years. One occurred in April 2007 when a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University and the other in December 2012, a man killed 26 young children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.