Monday, 2 October 2017

At least 59 dead in Las Vegas massacre



At least 58 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000.


He killed himself as police stormed the room where 10 guns were found.


Investigators have found no link to international terrorism, despite a claim from so-called Islamic State.


In an address from the White House, President Donald Trump described the attack as "pure evil".


He praised the efforts of the emergency services, saying their "miraculous" speed saved lives, and announced he would be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday.


The final shows of the three-day Route 91 country music festival were in full swing when the gunman struck.


Thousands were enjoying a performance by top-billing singer Jason Aldean when the first of several bursts of automatic gunfire rang out - hundreds of shots, witnesses say. That was late on Monday night - 22:08 local time (05:08 GMT on Tuesday).


Hundreds of concert-goers scrambled for cover, flattening themselves against the ground, rushing for the exits or helping others to escape as Paddock sprayed the site from his high vantage point.




BBC    News.