Las Vegas Shooting: What We Know At This Point

By on October 2, 2017

More than four dozen individuals were killed by a single shooter on Sunday night during a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, outside of the

At least 50 were murdered, with an estimated 200-400 more injuries being reported. It’s already being labeled as the deadliest mass shooting event in modern American history.

There is no clear motive at this time for the shooter, whom CNN and other media outlets have identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, a city in the northeaster part of the state just a little more than an hour’s drive away from Las Vegas.

Paddock had booked his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel on Thursday. The event where the shooting took place, just days later, was the Route 91 Harvest music festival, across the street from the hotel. More than 22,000 people were said to have attended.

Paddock fired not from within the crowd itself, but from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, BuzzFeed News reports. The shooter killed himself before officers arrived to his room to apprehend him. More than 10 rifles were taken from his hotel room.

Though unconfirmed at this point, some have reported that there was so much smoke from the gunfire in Paddock’s room that it had set off the hotel’s sprinkler system.

Police were also initially seeking a second person of interest, 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who had been a roommate of Paddock’s. As of this morning, however, police determined she was no longer necessary as part of the investigation.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences to victims and families affected by the shooting, tweeting out his sympathies on social media.

There have been 273 mass shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. That amounts to an average of about one mass shooting event every day. Almost 12,000 people have lost their lives to gun violence this year alone, and more than 23,000 additional injuries have been reported.