LAS VEGAS, Oct. 2, 2017 (BGM NEWS):- At least 58 are dead and more than 500 have been left injured, following a mass shooting by a lone gunman at a country music festival here last night.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a news briefing here this morning that the suspect — who died during the incident, has been identified ” as Stephen Gray Paddock, a 64 year old white male.”
Local law enforcement sources reported that the suspect opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel on the more than 22,000 concertgoers. Lombardo said officers discovered 10 guns of various kinds in Paddock’s hotel room where he had been holed up since September 28.
Survivors and witnesses described a scene of panic and confusion, as people ran in all directions, took cover under vehicles and elsewhere as they tried to escape the carnage which unfolded around them, shortly after 10 p.m.
Police in the nearby Town of Mesquite where Paddock lived said a search of the suspect’s home ” turned up nothing unusual,” though several rounds of ammunition were discovered.
Neighbors reacted with shock and disbelief, describing Paddock as ‘just a regular guy.”
In Florida Eric Paddock, a brother of the suspect used similar words to describe his brother, telling reporters the family was ” shocked, devastated and lost for words on what happened.”
Sheriff Lombardo and other law enforcement officials say that initial investigations have found no previous incidents involving the suspect who he said is believed to have killed himself before police breached and entered his hotel room. There was also no evidence of the suspect’s involvement with any outside group.
He said hotel employees in the days before the shooting had not noticed anything abnormal about the suspect. As a result of the large number of people injured, there is a great need for supplies of blood. Three locations have been set up across the area for people to donate blood.
As the investigation into the incident takes shape, the FBI and Homeland security personnel are assisting local law enforcement agents looking into what is now the deadliest mass murder in modern US history.