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The site of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting is seen outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2017. Credit REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

59 people are dead and more than 527 are injured after a mass shooting in Las Vegas

A gunman killed at least 59 people and injured 527 others on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night.
• It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
• A man identified by the police as Stephen Paddock, 64, fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
• The gunman opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
• Police recovered 42 guns total, between the shooter’s home and hotel room, including some explosives and “several thousand rounds” of ammunition.
• President Donald Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences” to victims.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 527 were injured Sunday night in Las Vegas in the deadliest shooting in modern US history.

A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, aiming into a tightly packed crowd of thousands below who were attending a country music festival.

The shooter, armed with what appeared to be at least one automatic weapon, used the elevated vantage point to fire into the crowds across the Las Vegas Strip at the Route 91 Harvest festival, where Jason Aldean was onstage.

Officers identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Nevada. They believe he was the only attacker, and that he killed himself before they arrived.

Police completed a search of Paddock’s hotel room and his home in Mesquite, Nevada, which is around 80 miles from Las Vegas. Investigators found 42 guns — 23 in his hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay and 19 at his home. Some explosives and “several thousand rounds” of ammunition were also found.

Investigators also found ammonium nitrate in Paddock’s car at the hotel, and tannerite was found in his home, Sheriff Lombardo said.

A SWAT team completed a search of another home in Reno, Nevada.

Soon after the shooting, which began at 10:08 p.m. PDT, a SWAT team stormed the building, forced their way into his hotel room, and found the gunman already dead.

A statement from ISIS claimed that the attack was their doing, and that Paddock converted to Islam “a few months ago.” The FBI contradicted this claim, saying that Paddock had “no connection with an international terrorist group.”

In a press conference Monday morning, Lombardo said the figures for the numbers dead and injured following the shooter may still increase.
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