There was a massive shooting which took places outside the building of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during the Route 91 country festival. “The attack happened while Jason Aldean was one the stage,” Wade Millward, journalist for the Las Review Journal told Source. “Witnesses told me they heard a sound like fireworks going off. Aldean then played on for about thirty seconds before it dawned on everyone that this was not fireworks. Then people hit the ground and people ran.”
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According to the Las Vegas police, the shooter fired into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Cole Watson, who was at the concert with his wife and kids, said “at first it sounded like someone was setting off a whole lot of fire crackers”.
He said when they “realised it was gunfire and everybody started running”.
“The scene was insane – it was absolute chaos,” Watson told Source by telephone.
He said he saw several injured people when he and his family ran from the scene of the attack.
Videos posted on social media show the crowd ducking for cover as multiple shots can be heard.
During a press conference, Las Vegas police said at least 20 people had been killed and more 100 were injured, but that a precise number of victims could not be given yet.
From one of the hospitals where the victims have been taken, Millward told Source the lobby was packed with friends and family. “I’ve seen people wearing bloody clothing and there is discarded bloody clothing outside.”
Watson and his family immediately went to a hotel, where he and his family were staying.
“We are on lockdown now and police is going door to door checking on people,” he said.
“There are still people walking by with blood on their shirts. There is police everywhere and there are two helicopters flying overhead.”
According to Watson, security showed up “almost immediately”.
Two on-duty police officers were shot, one of them is still in critical condition, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a press conference.
Police said the suspected shooter, an unnamed Las Vegas resident, was killed in a shootout with police in the hotel hotel room where he was shot.
An official added that police are still looking for a possible accomplice, who is wanted for questioning.
So far in 2017, the watchdog group Gun Violence Archive has documented 273 mass shootings in the US.
The group also recorded 11,621 gun-related deaths and 23,433 firearm-related injuries during that period.
The Mandalay Bay attack comes just weeks after Spencer Hight carried out a mass shooting during a gathering at his estranged wife’s home in Plano, Texas. The assailant killed eight people and was later shot dead by police.