Las Vegas shooter identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock

Sheriff says at least 50 killed in shooting, more than 200 injured

Stephen Craig Paddock
Stephen Craig Paddock

A gunman who shot more than 200 people Sunday night, killing at least 50, in Las Vegas has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. 

The gunman was on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino when he opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing at least 50 people -- including two off-duty police officers -- and wounding more than 200, officials said early Monday.

NBC News reports Paddock was a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. 

This is now the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting which killed 49 people and wounded 58 more.  

Shooting happened during country music festival

Country music star Jason Aldean was performing when the shots began ringing out Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Authorities say the man died.

Concert-goers reported hearing what they described as automatic gun fire during the shooting.
Lombardo said they believe this was a "lone wolf" attack but said they were looking for a roommate of the dead suspect as a person of interest. 

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Witnesses describe moments

Will Conway, of Grosse Pointe, Mich. described the moments after the shooting.

"We were up on a bridge and noticed there was a dead body laying on the street in front of us covered in a sheet ... the next thing you know, all the first responders over there were all taking cover and we didn't know where the shots were coming from," he said. 

Conway was not injured in the shooting.

A Detroit woman, Gerri Blue, and her family were staying at the Tropicana hotel for a work conference when she heard the gunshots. At first she thought it was just fireworks but police in the area she was in at the time of the shooting told everyone to get back and run.

“We were outside trying to figure out where the concert was," she said. "I literally saw someone get stepped on five or six times and it was just chaos. We got back to the hotel and they put us on lockdown.”

Blue and her family are OK. 

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