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Shooting at Las Vegas concert deadliest in US history

Last updated on March 6, 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada — A shooting spree at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas Sunday has left at least 50 dead and more than 500 hospitalized.

Reports from police say that a lone gunman opened fire on the concert crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night. Reports say hundreds of shots were fired with witnesses saying they also heard automatic gunfire.

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old man who is reported responsible for the mass shooting, killed himself as police stormed his hotel room.

In a press conference, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the attack as lone-wolf style, saying the gunman acted alone, however, police were searching for a woman.

The woman, Marilou Danley of Asian decent, is being questioned by police who say traveled with the man prior to the concert. Police noted they have also located the two vehicles they were looking for.

Several officers were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Sunday when the gunman attacked. Las Vegas police say that two officers were injured, one that was in critical condition is now stable after surgery. A second police officer received minor injuries. Two other off-duty officers are reported to have died.

The gunman shot at the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The hotel has since released a statement:

Many parts of Las Vegas remain in lock down, while open streets and highways are traffic-logged as thousands attempt to leave.

With more than 50 dead, this makes it the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, surpassing last year’s Florida nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed.