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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (October 3, 2017) – At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in the shooting at the Harvest Country Music Festival after a shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel open fire on the crowd below, according to Las Vegas Police.
The shooter has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Las Vegas Police are saying that the shooting started around 10:00 pm on October 1st as concert goers were listening to Jason Aldean.
As many as 22,000 people attended the Harvest Country Music Festival. Many people initially mistook the shots being fired into the crowd as pyrotechnics. But just a few moments later pandemonium broke out when it became clear a gunman was firing on the crowd.
Las Vegas Police stormed the Mandalay Bay Hotel to find the shooter. They took out his hotel room door with explosives but later found Paddock dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators believe that the shooter may have used illegal modifications on his gun to make it fully automatic.
Purchasing these modifications is actually legal, but attaching them to your gun is not.
Some reports are also suggesting that he may have used his girlfriends ID to check into the Mandalay Bay hotel.
This is the deadliest mass shooting in the modern history of the United States. A partial list of the deceased victims has been released, including off-duty police officers from California.
Sonny Melton, 29, of Tennessee
Quinton Robbins, 20, of Henderson, Nevada
Las Vegas Police Officer Charleston Hartfield, 34
Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Jessica Klymchuk, 28, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Adrian Murfitt, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska
Lisa Romero, of Gallup
Sandy Casey, of Southern California
Rachel Parker, of Manhattan Beach
Susan Smith, 53
Bailey Schweitzer, 20, Bakersfield
Melissa Ramirez, 28
Rhonda LeRocque, 42, of Massachusetts
The Avrek Law Firm would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the families of the victim’s and those that were injured as they cope with the aftermath of such a senseless act of violence. Words cannot adequately express how horrific this shooting was. We encourage everyone that can donate to the Victim’s Fund set up by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas. DONATE HERE
It’s been heartwarming to hear how the Las Vegas has come together after this tragedy through blood drives, donations and hospital work. Those who wish to donate blood can do so by going to the United Blood Services in Las Vegas. We encourage the Las Vegas Police to investigate what happened thoroughly. There needs to be accountability for what happened.