LAS VEGAS (ALBOENEWS) — This is the official AlBoeNEWS coverage of the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas, where at least 59 people have died, and 527 are injured. 45 people remain in critical condition, per AP.
Police responded to reports of an active shooter at a concert in Las Vegas where Jason Aldean was on stage. The crowd at the concert was approximately 30,000 people, and the shooting began as the last song of the night was beginning to play. Shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the shooter, Stephen Paddock, a wealthy real estate investor, began to fire down upon them with an automatic weapon. Police responded, eventually making their way up to his hotel room after the crowd and hotel had been evacuated. Paddock reportedly then shot himself before they were able to get to him, according to police.
The hotel room in which Paddock was staying had 23 firearms and many rounds of ammunition. Later searches at his home provided that he had 19 more stashed away there, along with explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The Islamic State has claimed the attack, however authorities and U.S. officials have stated that this does not appear to be the work of an extranational parties.
Clark County has been declared under a State of Emergency, and death tolls may rise in the coming days, as many people are still hospitalized from the worst mass shooting in United States’ history.
FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED BELOW:
Las Vegas gunman wired $100,000 to Philippines account linked to girlfriend shortly before shooting, reports NBC News. (10/3 1:08 p.m. ET)
Per AP, federal officials say the Paddock worked for USPS and the IRS in the 70’s and 80’s. This filled out the last bit of the timeline for Paddock’s life, as investigators continue to try and piece together the attack. (10/3 4:09 p.m. ET)
Paddock may have been originally targeting the Chance the Rapper and Lorde concert that had been held the previous weekend, according to The Daily Beast, via a senior law enforcement member. He rented multiple condos overlooking where the concert was being held, but nothing came about from it. (10/3 4:35 p.m. ET)
AFP has quoted Donald Trump as saying he has “no idea” if the shooter has any links with the Islamic State. (7:33 p.m. ET)
According to AP, Paddock put a camera in the food service cart outside of his hotel room. (10/3 5:03 p.m. ET)
The girlfriend of the gunman has arrived in the U.S. for questioning (11:50 p.m. ET)
The girlfriend was met by federal authorities at the airport (10/4 12:05 a.m. ET)
Sister to gunman’s Paddock’s girlfriend says he sent her away before shooting. (10:04 a.m. ET)
Paddock reportedly sought hotel room overlooking Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival in August, according to NY Daily News. (10/5 9:46 a.m. ET)
Authorities familiar with the ongoing investigation also say Paddock researched possible locations for an attack in Boston, per NBC Boston. (10:53 a.m. ET)
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