More than 50 dead, 500-plus injured after mass shooting in Las Vegas
New York Daily News:Hundreds of bullets rained down on a jam-packed outdoor concert at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino along the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday, October 1,2017, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores in what is now the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
A maniac fired several rounds of automatic gunfire from his 32nd floor perch, striking more than 200 revelers among thousands listening to country musician Jason Aldean during the Route 91 Harvest festival around 10 p.m. local time.
Bursts of gunshots continued even as Aldean fled the stage and his music came to a halt. Screaming concertgoers ran for their lives, tripping over each other while trying to escape — not knowing where the gunfire was coming from, according to horrific footage of the mass assault.
Police rushed to the besieged hotel and searched the Vegas resort floor-by-floor in hushed voices, before cornering the suspected shooter in a room on the 32nd floor. Officers blasted open the door and killed the gunman.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, adding that he lived in the Las Vegas area and likely acted alone.
The gunman’s deadly carnage waged from the high-rise hotel was evident on the deserted concert grounds below.
Multiple people, some covered in blood, could be seen lying on the grass while others in cowboy hats and blue jeans cowered close to the ground, which was littered with abandoned cups and aluminum cans minutes after the attack.
Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest festival.(DAVID BECKER/GETTY IMAGES)
Several members of another police force — from southern California — were among the concertgoers.
A statement from the Bakersfield Police Department said one of their off-duty cops suffered non-life threatening injuries. The officer was not immediately identified.
The visiting officers were unable to return fire, the statement read.
Another officer from an unspecified agency was critically wounded.
Hours after the attack, Aldean issued a brief statement telling fans he and his crew escaped the stage unharmed.
“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe,” Aldean said in an Instagram post.
The artist that opened for Aldean, Jake Owens, tweeted that he witnessed the shooting at the third night of the Las Vegas festival. He warned millions of his followers of the attack.
“Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl,” Owens tweeted, mentioning his young daughter.
The sound of automatic gunfire interrupted the Route 91 Harvest festival around 10 p.m.(DAVID BECKER/GETTY IMAGES)
Stampedes of frightened people flooded multiple streets along the Strip — and a runway at the nearby McCarran International Airport. The panic prompted the airport to halt all flights for hours as police investigated the shooting.
Brooklyn poker player James (Action Jim) Boccanfuso and his pal, Ruslan Krasikov, missed the bloodshed by minutes.
The New Yorkers left the Mandalay Bay in an Uber for their flight to Chicago, and encountered floods of people, some bloodied, looking for refuge at the airport.
The terrified concertgoers wanted their ride and tried opening the car door, “thinking the doors were unlocked,” Krasikov said..
“They were begging to get into the car with us,” Boccanfuso told the Daily News. “Never in my life did I see people running for their lives.”
“The people were scared to death,” he said.
Police radio transmissions revealed a chaotic, confusing scene, with SWAT officers closing in on the suspect in his Mandalay Bay hideout. Other police units scrambled to other hotels on the Strip to determine if multiple reports of additional shootings on the strip were real, diversions or false alarms.
MGM Resorts International said in a statement locked down many of its nearby hotels due to the spreading chaos along the southern end of the Strip, per the advice of law enforcement.
Lombardo said authorities found two vehicles believed associated with the suspected shooter, and located his roommate, identified as Marilou Danley, who was wanted for questioning.
Officials with the NYPD acknowledged the startling Vegas attack and said they are monitoring.
Published on Oct 2, 2017
The Sydney Morning Herald : An Australian woman Marilou Danley, identified as a female companion who lived with Paddock, was overseas at the time of the shooting but will be interviewed by police when she returns, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.
USA Today:The girlfriend of the man accused in the deadly Las Vegas shooting has lived in Nevada since 2003, according to records obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal from Washoe County District Court.
The Reno Gazette-Journal also has interviewed friends of Marilou Danley, 62, some of whom said Danley is out of the country in the Philippines. Danley did not return multiple phone calls.
Danley had worked as a high-limit hostess at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, according to her Linkedin profile.
Danley was previously married to Geary Danley, who now lives in Arkansas. They married in Las Vegas in 1990, according to Washoe County records.
They jointly filed for divorce Feb. 25, 2015, and the divorce was finalized the next day.
A man listed in court papers as a witness to the Danleys’ divorce but who did not want his name used said Marilou Danley was visiting family in the Philippines. Another friend of the man said that man had been in contact with Marilou Danley in recent days.
CNN and The (Brisbane, Queensland) Courier Mail also have reported that Marilou Danley was in the Philippines. Before her Facebook page became unavailable, her public profile showed pictures of various trips outside the United States, including the Philippines.
She is an Australian citizen who was born in the Philippines, according to the Australian newspaper.
During her American divorce, Marilou Danley listed a downtown Reno unit at the Montage luxury condominium as her address. At the time, Stephen Paddock owned the unit.
Court records indicated that she started living at the address in August 2013. Paddock sold the condominium in December 2016.
Authorities confirmed that Marilou Danley is not in the United States and now say she is no longer considered a person of interest.
Marilou Danley lived with Paddock in a Reno suburb. Residents of Reno’s Somersett neighborhood said the couple also lived in a tan and brown home there.
Property records listed Paddock as the owner of the house since June 2013.
Susan Page, a Reno neighbor, described Paddock and Marilou Danley as a “closet people” who “kept to themselves.”
“I never saw them,” she said of her neighbors.
“I didn’t even recognize his picture,” she said, noting part of her job was to meet the people in the retirement community.
Betty Dixon of Reno said Marilou Danley often attended the Zumba and yoga classes offered, calling her a “wonderful woman.”
“She is so warm, so outgoing,” Dixon said. “She was so sweet.”
Most recently, Marilou Danley had been living with Paddock in Southern Nevada, police said.
Earlier Monday, police surrounded and entered the single-family home in Mesquite, about 400 miles southeast of Reno, where Paddock and Marilou Danley lived, Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner said.
She was not at the house and police saw “no movement” inside before serving a search warrant at the one-story, three-bedroom home in the Sun City retirement community, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas near the Arizona state line, he said.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo didn’t release further details but said authorities would try to speak with her when she got back to the United States.
Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting that killed 59 people at an outdoor country music concert but say they believe 64-year-old Paddock acted alone.
He killed himself after carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
NDT.tv:Mystery Woman Screamed ‘You’re All Going to Die’ 45 Minutes Before Vegas Massacre
People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 . (David Becker/Getty Images)
Las Vegas concert goers say that a Hispanic woman yelled a shocking premonition about an hour before a gunman killed 58 people in a horrific massacre on Sunday night, Oct. 1.
“They’re all around,” the woman yelled. “You’re all going to die!”
The mystery woman was kicked out of the festival with her male companion, Daily Mail reported. She looked to be in her 50’s.
The woman is believed to not be the same woman as Marilou Danley, the shooter’s girlfriend. Danley is Asian and was detained by police and later released.
“You’re all going to [expletive] die,” the woman screamed just 45 minutes before the first shots rang out.
Security escorted the woman and her companion out of the venue
A 64-year-old man with multiple machine guns rained down gunfire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel to country music festival on Sunday, slaughtering at least 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, before killing himself.
The barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of 22,000 people lasted several minutes, sparking panic. At least 515 people were injured as some fleeing fans trampled each other while police scrambled to locate the shooter.
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. ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre, but U.S. officials said there was no evidence of that.
The preliminary death toll, which officials said could rise, eclipsed last year’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub by a gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS.
People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath.”
Federal officials said there was no evidence to link Paddock to terrorist organizations.
Stephen Paddock (Facebook)
“We have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group,” Aaron Rouse, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special agent in charge in Las Vegas, told reporters.
U.S. officials discounted the claim of responsibility for the attack made by ISIS in a statement.
“We advise caution on jumping to conclusions before the facts are in,” CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said in an email.
U.S. law largely bans machine guns.
Police found several more weapons at Paddock’s home in Mesquite, about 82 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Mesquite police spokesman Quinn Averett told reporters.
Nevada has some of the nation’s most permissive gun laws. It does not require firearm owners to obtain licenses or register their guns.
The dead in Las Vegas included a nurse, a government employee and an off-duty police officer.
President Donald Trump said he would travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with victims, their family members and first responders.
“It was an act of pure evil,” said Trump, who later led a moment of silence at the White House in honor of the victims.
The suspected shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock, said the family was stunned by the news.
“We’re horrified. We’re bewildered, and our condolences go out to the victims,” Eric Paddock said in a phone interview, his voice trembling. “We have no idea in the world.”
He said his brother belonged to no political or religious organizations and had no history of mental illness. Their father had been a bank robber who for a while was listed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” suspects list.
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)
Just Kept Going On
Video of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.
“People were just dropping to the ground. It just kept going on,” said Steve Smith, a 45-year-old visitor from Phoenix, Arizona. He said the gunfire went on for an extended period of time.
“Probably 100 shots at a time,” Smith said. “It would sound like it was reloading and then it would go again.”
Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs, and shopping draw some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. local time (0400 GMT).
Shares of MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay, fell 4.8 percent on Monday to $31.01 a share.
Mike McGarry, a financial adviser from Philadelphia, was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.
“It was crazy – I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks, after people ran over him in the panicked crowd.
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NDT.tv: Details on the attack are still emerging, but according to Marc Ruskin, former FBI agent and author of “The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI,” the sound of the gunfire strongly suggests Paddock was using an illegal weapon.
Ruskin said that going by the sounds in the recordings, it’s “unquestionable” that Paddock was using a fully automatic weapon.
“A full auto is very illegal, and to be in possession of one without a special federal license, it’s a major crime,” he said, adding that such licenses are very difficult to get, are given in very limited circumstances, “and I would be willing to bet big money he did not have a permit for that.”
Ruskin added that while details are still emerging, the sound of gunfire also suggests that Paddock “wasn’t picking people off like a sniper. It was too rapid for that.”
NEWSWEEK: WHY ISN’T LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BEING CALLED ‘TERRORISM’ AND SHOOTER STEPHEN PADDOCK A ‘TERRORIST’?
More than 50 people have been left dead after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. It isn’t, though, being labeled as a terrorist attack by authorities.
“No, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual,” Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said at a press conference shortly after the attack. “We do not know what his belief system was at this time. Right now, we believe it is a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor, and we have the place under control.”
The suspect, Stephen Paddock, was found dead when police entered his hotel room. Police believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In another press conference in the early hours of the morning, Lombardo again answered a question about whether the attack constituted terrorism by saying that authorities first had to “establish what his motivation is.”
He added: “There is motiving factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualty. Before we label with that, it will be a matter of process.”
Following his comments, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed that Paddock had converted to Islam months ago.
Even without that claim, Nevada law does not require a motivation to be established in order for an attack to be called an “act of terrorism.”
The relevant statute reads: “’Act of terrorism’ means any act that involves the use or attempted use of sabotage, coercion or violence which is intended to cause great bodily harm or death to the general population.”
Federal law defines terrorism more specifically as the “unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, then-President Barack Obama came up with his own designation for the term: “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror,” he said before the identity of the attackers or their motivation had been established.
As many pointed out on social media following the attack, the term has not always been consistently applied.
For example, the 2015 killing of nine people at a historically black church in South Carolina by a white supremacist, Dylann Roof, was not prosecuted as a terrorism case.
President Donald Trump has a particularly inconsistent history with the term. After the killing of a counterprotester at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August by an alleged white supremacist, Trump said only that “you can call it whatever you want.”
However, he has repeatedly been quick to define attacks carried out by Muslims. Just last month, following an attack on the London Underground, Trump tweeted to condemn what he called the “loser terrorist” behind the explosions, before the suspect had been identified.
Similarly, he tweeted of the need to be “smart, vigilant and tough,” after a van drove into a crowd on London Bridge earlier this year before a motive had been established.
More directly, he showed no hesitation in labeling the previous worst shooting in U.S. history, at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last year, terrorism—and even used it to push his proposed Muslim ban.
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” he tweeted.
Trump called the Las Vegas shooting an “act of pure evil” but did not mention terrorism.
NDTV.tv: Las Vegas Gunman Described as Wealthy Gambler, Loner
This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows him at left with his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock at right. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)
Stephen Paddock appeared to be settling into a quiet life two years ago when the wealthy 64-year-old apartment manager and high-stakes gambler bought a home in a rural Nevada retirement community, an hour’s drive from his beloved Las Vegas casinos.
Those who knew him say there was no indication he was capable of holing up in a room on the 32nd floor of one of those casinos, the Mandalay Bay, and opening fire on a country music festival across the street, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
“He was a wealthy guy and he liked to play video poker and he liked to go on cruises,” the gunman’s seemingly baffled brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters from his doorstep in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, the day after the shooting.
“He’s never drawn his gun, it makes no sense,” Eric Paddock said. He said he was aware that his brother had a couple of handguns he kept in a safe, perhaps a long rifle, but no automatic weapons.
Eric Paddock described the shooter as a peaceful man who moved back to the red desert hills of Nevada partly because gambling is legal in the state and he hated Central Florida’s humidity.
The two were last in touch in early September, exchanging text messages about power outages after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, where their mother still lives.
“He had nothing to do with any political organization and religious organizations” as far as he was aware, Eric Paddock said.
Their father was Patrick Benjamin Paddock, a violent bank robber who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted list in the 1960s. The shooter himself had no criminal record beyond a traffic violation, police in Las Vegas said.
“We didn’t know him,” Eric Paddock said of their father.
Gambling, Itinerant Existence
In recent weeks, the gunman made gambling transactions worth tens of thousands of dollars, although it was unclear whether they were wins or losses, NBC News reported, citing unidentified law enforcement officials.
Public records point to an itinerant existence across the American West and Southeast: Florida, a few years in California, a few years in other parts of Nevada.
Lockheed Martin said that he worked for a predecessor of the company from 1985 to 1988, but offered no other details. A Lockheed Martin spokeswoman said officials there were cooperating with authorities.
Paddock had a hunting license in Texas, where he lived for a while. He got his pilot license and had at least one single-engine aircraft registered in his name.
In early 2015, he bought a modest two-story home in a new housing development for retirees on the dusty edge of Mesquite, a small desert town popular with golfers and gamblers that straddles Nevada’s border with Arizona.
“It’s a nice, clean home and nothing out of the ordinary,” Quinn Averett, a Mesquite police department spokesman, told reporters on Monday. Some guns and ammunition were found inside, though nothing remarkable in a region where gun ownership is high.
Roughly an hour’s drive southwest is Las Vegas, where Paddock checked into a 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino last Thursday with at least 10 rifles for a shooting spree that would kill least 58 people and hurt more than 500.
The FBI said he had no connection with international militant groups.
Before moving to Mesquite, Nevada, he lived in another town called Mesquite in Texas, where he worked as the manager of an apartment complex called Central Park. The Washington Post reported that he had also worked as an accountant and had real estate investments.
Records as recent as 2015 list Paddock as single, though it appears he may have married while living in California in the 1980s. Police and public records said he lived with a woman in the Nevada retirement community. Authorities said she had no connection with the attack.
By Jonathan Allen and Dan Whitcomb from Reuters