A gunman fired a barrage of bullets on an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others, police said, in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
From his room on the 32nd floor of a glitzy hotel, the shooter, identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot down on the crowd of more than 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground,” witness Meghan Kearney told MSNBC.
Officials said it was unclear when Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and whether he had specifically requested a room on a high floor that overlooked the concert venue.
Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET), and fatally shot the suspect in the hotel, officials said.
The shooting is not believed to be connected to international terrorism.