A 64-year-old gunman barricaded himself in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then fired thousands of rounds from several automatic weapons on an outdoor country music festival taking place Sunday outside the hotel.
About 22,000 people were attending the concert when Paddock opened fire. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured. The Las Vegas police also report that two police officers have been killed. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The shooter is identified as Nevada resident Stephen Paddock. The police said he killed himself in his room on the 32nd floor at the Mandalay Bay hotel as police were closing in on him. Paddock used an automatic weapon, or weapons, to fire hundreds of rounds at concertgoers at the Route 91 harvest country music festival.
Police found at least 10 different guns in Paddock’s room, where he had been staying since Sept. 28.
Police described Paddock as a “lone wolf” with no known links to any terrorist groups. He has no police record, and his motives are unknown.
Police have been able to locate Marilou Danley, a woman described as Paddock’s “companion.” She was out of the country and has been questioned by the police.
Paddock’s house in Mesquite, Nev., is being searched, and his two vehicles have been found.
U.S. deadliest mass and spree shootings
The Washington Post offers the following list of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history:
- ·1949, Camden, N.J. 13 killed. Howard Unruh, a World War II veteran, walks the streets of Camden killing random people.
- ·1966, Austin 18 killed. Charles Whitman fires from a tower on the University of Texas campus.
- ·1982, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 13 killed. George Banks kills five of his children and eight other people.
- ·1984, San Ysidro, Calif. 21 killed. James Huberty enters a McDonald’s and begins shooting.
- · 1986, Edmond, Okla. 14 killed. Postal worker Patrick Sherrill kills 14 people at his workplace.
- ·1990, Jacksonville, Fla.10 killed. James Pough kills eight people after his car is repossessed. He killed two others earlier.
- ·1991, Killeen, Tex. 23 killed. George Hennard drives his truck into a cafeteria and then opens fire.
- ·1999, Littleton, Colo. 13 killed. The shooting at Columbine High School was the deadliest school shooting to date.
- ·1999, Atlanta 12 killed. Mark Barton kills nine people at brokerage firms in Atlanta after having killed three relatives.
- · 2005, Red Lake, Minn. 9 killed. Jeffrey Weise kills members of his family and then students at a local high school.
- · 2007, Blacksburg, Va. 32 killed. Until 2016, the 32 people killed by Seung-Hui Cho was the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
- · 2009, Fort Hood, Tex. 13 killed. Nidal Hasan kills 13 people at Fort Hood.
- · 2009, Binghamton, N.Y. 13 killed. Jiverly Wong murders 13 people at a small immigrant services center in southern New York.
- · 2009, Geneva County, Ala. 10 killed. Michael McClendon kills 10 people, including a baby, in rural Alabama.
- · 2012, Newtown, Conn. 27 killed. Adam Lanza’s rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary including the murder of 20 children.
- · 2012, Aurora, Colo. 12 killed. James Holmes kills a dozen people during a late-night movie screening.
- · 2013, Washington, D.C. 12 killed. Aaron Alexis kills a dozen people with a shotgun.
- · 2015, San Bernardino, Calif. 14 killed. Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik kill more than a dozen people during a holiday party.
- · 2015, Roseburg, Ore. 9 killed. Chris Mercer kills nine in a shooting at a community college in Oregon.
- · 2015, Charleston, S.C. 9 killed. Dylann Roof attends a prayer meeting at a church in Charleston before opening fire.
- · 2016, Orlando 49 killed. Omar Mateen murders dozens at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
- · 2017, Las Vegas 50 killed. Stephen Paddock shoots at a concert crowd from a hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip.
Source: Homeland Security News Wire