Mass shooting at concert in Las Vegas

2nd Oct 17 | News

Reports are emerging of a mass shooting in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. The situation is believed to have started at a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay hotel. 

Reports are emerging of a mass shooting in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. The situation is believed to have started at a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay hotel. 

Update: Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo has given a media briefing where he has confirmed that more than twenty people are dead and over one-hundred people have been injured as a result of the shooting. 

The official Twitter account of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has just stated that "At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters" and that more information will follow at a briefing from the Sheriff of the Police Department. 

Singer Jason Aldean was performing his last song of the night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunfire began. Another singer, Jake Owen, reacted on Twitter shortly after the incident began. 

Details of the number of casualties are still emerging but a Las Vegas sheriff has confirmed that at least twenty people are dead and over one-hudnred have been injured. Several areas of the famous Las Vegas strip were shut down as police continued to deal with the shooting as they confirmed that one suspect is "down".

 Flights into and out of the city's McCarran airport have been temporarily halted as a result of the situation. 

Update: The airport has stated that "limited flight activity" has returned to the airport but that passengers should expect ongoing delays. 

Eye-witness reports from the scene seem to indicate that the initial gunfire came from inside a room in the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel. There were reports of other shootings at several other hotels and casinos in the area but Las Vegas police have indicated that these reports were false. 

Social media website Facebook has activated its "Safety Check" feature which allows people in the area to notify friends that they are safe. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs has taken to Twitter to advise Irish citizens to stay away from the scene of the shooting and to follow the advice of local authorities. 

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