Phoebe Parke | Social Media Editor | Monday, 2 October 2017

7 Things We Know So Far About The Las Vegas Shooting

7 Things We Know So Far About The Las Vegas Shooting

The Debrief: Here's everything we know so far about the shooting in Las Vegas last night

At least 50 people have died, and over 100 others have been injured after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The gunman, who has been identified as local 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was shot dead by police shortly after the attack. 

Here’s everything we know so far about the Sunday night attack. 

1. The gunman attacked from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel, where police later found 'numerous firearms' 

'We’ve located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied,' Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters. The hotel team tweeted their condolences hours after the attack. 



2. The shooter is not thought to be linked to any militant groups 

 'We have no idea what his belief system was,' Sheriff Lombardo said. 'Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.' 


3. Thousands of people fled the scene once the shooting began

And many were found wandering the streets with blood on their clothes after the attack, images of which have been shared widely on social media. 



4. Police have found the shooter’s roommate 

Marilou Danley has been identified by police as an 'associate' who traveled with Paddock.  

5. The death toll is likely to rise 

The number of dead currently stands at 50, but police have warned this may increase. The attack is being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history because of the number of people killed. Off-duty police officers are also said to be among the dead. 

6. Reports of other incidents in the area are false 

Police have said that earlier reports of similar incidents at other venues on the Las Vegas strip were not true.  

7. Nevada has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the U.S. 

Citizens can carry weapons without being registered. 


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