Death toll rises following Las Vegas concert shooting

2nd Oct 17 | News

At least fifty people are dead and hundreds have been injured following a mass-shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At least fifty people are dead and hundreds have been injured following a mass-shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The shooting began during the last performance of the Route 91 Harvest festival as singer Jason Aldean was on stage at around 10pm Las Vegas time. Video taken during the attack shows a large crowd taking in the concert before several bursts of rapid gunfire can be heard nearby. Thousands of concert-goers then fled the scene, with many providing help and first aid for people wounded during the sustained attack.

Las Vegas authorities have named the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock and say that he fired hundreds of rounds from a room of the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Casino. Police have confirmed that Paddock killed himself before they stormed his room. 

The official death toll from the shocking attack is likely to rise, with the official twitter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Twitter stating that “at this time there is in excess of 50 deceased and over 200 injured individuals.”

United States President Donald Trump has offered his condolences to the victims and their families on Twitter.

The Department of Foreign Affairs took to twitter shortly after the attack began and advised any Irish citizens in the area to stay away from the scene of the attack and to follow any advice given by local authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

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