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American Carnage: 58 dead and hundreds injured in mass murder-suicide

A gunman reportedly opened fire on a country music concert outside the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday evening.

Fifty-plus people are confirmed dead and there are 200-plus reported injured. One suspect named as Stephen Paddock is confirmed dead by Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

At least 58 people have been killed and more than 500 injured after a gunman fired on a crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, mowing down concertgoers and sparking panic around the city’s gambling strip. 
President Donald Trump described the massacre — which was the deadliest mass shooting in US history — as an “act of pure evil”. 
The tragedy came 15 months after the attack on the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida that left 49 dead
Las Vegas police said the suspected gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino into the crowd of 22,000 attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival
Police said the resident of Mesquite, Nevada appears to have acted alone and killed himself before they entered his hotel room. Law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at his home on Monday. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Paddock had no “derogatory” information on his record besides a “citation” several years ago. Law enforcement authorities also said that they had no evidence so far to support a claim by Isis that the terrorist organisation was behind the attack in Las Vegas. 

Mr Lombardo said police were confident they had located Marilou Danley, described as a companion of the shooter who they believe was not involved in the attack, as well as two vehicles of interest. Police said they suspected that Paddock had been staying in the hotel room since September 28. Eric Paddock, a brother of the suspected shooter, said outside his home in Florida that he and his family were in utter shock, saying, “We have no idea why he did this.” “He was not an avid gun guy at all . . . Where the hell did he get automatic weapons?” he told a local television channel.
At least 406 people were transported to hospital, police said. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the area’s biggest trauma hospital, took 50 patients, with several in critical condition.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of last night’s tragic events. We’re grateful for the immediate actions of our first responders,” said MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay. Witnesses said the singer Jason Aldean was on stage when the shooting began. On Instagram, the musician said that “it hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night”. 

Nevada has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the US, allowing people to buy a gun without a permit.

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LAS VEGAS -- Who was Stephen Paddock, the man police say killed more than 50 people on the Las Vegas Strip?
Paddock, 64, was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas when a police SWAT team broke down the door. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe Paddock killed himself.
Officers found at least 10 rifles in the room. Police don't think anybody else was involved in the shooting.
Paddock had been at the hotel since Thursday, Lombardo said. Authorities said it appears he fired guns from his room into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 and wounding over 400.
Lived in Mesquite
Paddock had been living in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The town of 18,000 people is a retiree community with several casinos and golf courses.
Authorities searched his home Monday and found weapons and ammunition, but Mesquite police spokesman Quinn Averett did not give details. Averett didn't know how long Paddock had lived in the area.
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"What's unique for us is the gunman, the shooter, and the person with him, we in the Mesquite Police Department have not had any contact with these people in the past. We haven't had any traffic stops, any law enforcement contact, no arrests or nothing," Averett said.
Law enforcement has no "derogatory information" about Paddock, besides the fact that he received a citation several years ago that was handled in the court system, Lombardo said.
Seeking a motive
Lombardo did not call the shooting an act of terrorism.
"We have to establish what his motivation was first," Lombardo said. "There's motivating factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualties. Before we label with that, it'll be a matter of process."
Brother: 'Like an asteroid'
Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock of Orlando, Florida, told CNN he was blindsided by the news.
"He was my brother and it's like an asteroid fell out of the sky," he said.
He last communicated with his brother when Stephen texted to ask about their mother, who'd lost power during Hurricane Irma. Eric Paddock said Stephen spoke to his mother on the phone a week or two ago.
The brother said he knew Stephen Paddock had a couple of handguns and maybe one long rifle but did not know of any automatic weapons. Stephen Paddock did not have a machine gun when he moved him from Melbourne to Mesquite, Eric Paddock said.
Had pilot's license
Marilou Danley was identified as Paddock's companion or roommate, Lombardo said. She does not appear to have been involved in the shooting and was in the Philippines when the shooting took place, authorities said. Paddock had been using some of her identification, Lombardo said.
Paddock had a private pilot's license and the FAA is gathering his records, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.
So far, authorities have found no military records for Stephen Paddock.

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