A gunman kills 58, injures hundreds, in Las Vegas concert attack

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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 - 08:11 GMT

FBI agents confer in front of the Tropicana hotel-casino on October 2, 2017, after a mass shooting during a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas - REUTERS

FBI agents confer in front of the Tropicana hotel-casino on October 2, 2017, after a mass shooting during a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas - REUTERS

CAIRO – 3 October 2017: A 64-year-old man holed up in a 32nd-floor hotel room with multiple machine guns rained down gunfire on Sunday, slaughtering at least 58 people in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history before killing himself, Reuters reported.

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FBI agents confer in front of the Tropicana hotel-casino on October 2, 2017, after a mass shooting during a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas - REUTERS

At least 58 people were killed, and hundreds more were wounded when a gunman fired on concertgoers from the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, ABC News Reported.

Stephen Paddock: the heavily armed shooter of Las Vegas Carnage

The suspected man who checked into a Las Vegas hotel and massacred dozens of concertgoers with a vicious deluge of bullets on late Sunday, had lived in a quiet retirement community in Mesquite, Nev., about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the police said. Relatives and neighbors said he and his companion drew little attention to themselves, New York Times reported.

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U.S. President Trump leads moment of silence in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting at the White House in Washington - REUTERS

Police on Monday identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada. They said they believed he acted alone and did not know why he attacked the crowd. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the massacre, but U.S. officials said there was no evidence of that, Reuters reported.

Eyewitnesses describe Las Vegas shooting attack

"It sounded like a thousand shots," Leonard told ABC News in a tearful phone interview on Monday. The shooting just “kept going nonstop.”
Leonard said "mass confusion" unfolded as people tried to flee the venue. She said her friend stepped over several dead people as they escaped the "scary" scene.
“I turned around and I looked and people just started running,” she said. "People were just running and falling and screaming," she said. "I had no idea of where it was coming from or where to run to."

British tennis star Laura Robson said she was safe but "in shock" following the attack on fans at the open-air Route 91 Harvest Festival, ABC reported.
“I'm okay. We were right there... sounded like fireworks at first then everyone started running. Scary,” she wrote.
“My friend who was deeper in the crowd has been helping people who were shot. We're all in shock.”

World’s shock to massacre at Las Vegas music festival - Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump in a proclamation
"Our Nation is heartbroken. We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night's horrible tragedy Las Vegas, Nevada. As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort and relief to all those suffering."

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Mesquite Police Sgt. Tracy Fails and members of a citizen volunteer patrol block the entrance to the Prominence community, where shooter Stephen Craig Paddock owned a home, in Mesquite - REUTERS

Barack Obama, Former U.S. President on Twitter

"Michelle & I are praying for the victims Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy."

Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President on Twitter

"To victims, families & loved ones affected by this senseless violence Las Vegas, Karen & I are praying for you & offering our love. 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."

"Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again."

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement

"This crime which killed tens of peaceful citizens is shocking in its cruelty."
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor’s statement
"I was shocked by the news Las Vegas. Our sympathy and condolences go to the relatives and families of the victims."

Pope Francis’s statement

"Deeply saddened to learn of the shooting in Las Vegas, Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy."

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