The gunman shot into a musical festival on Sunday evening
[UPDATE: The death toll has been raised to 58, with more than 515 injured.]
Las Vegas police are saying at least 50 people are dead and 200 injured after a gunman fired upon people at a music festival Sunday night.
Reports say the shooter was on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Casino and began firing into the crowd during a Jason Aldean concert at about 10 pm Monday evening.
Police say the gunman was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who is believed to have killed himself before police entered his room.
This is now the deadliest mass shooting on record, replacing the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando in 2016.
One of the festival goers, Rachel De Kerf recorded her escape on her telephone, saying the gunfire seemed never-ending.
“The gunshots lasted for 10-15 minutes. It didn’t stop,” she said. “We just ran for our lives.”
Her sister, Monique Dumas said everyone crouched down upon hearing the shots.
“The band was rushed off the stage, the floodlights came on the crowd, and you see on the right hand of the stage the person who was injured, so they’re calling for medics, calling for security, then there was gunfire again,” Dumas said.
She adds: “It seemed there was a pause in the gunfire and the people in the yellow shirts were telling the people to ‘go, go, go, go’ … the gunfire never ended, it seemed like it went on and on and on,”
Country music star Aldean, who was performing as the shots rang out posted an update on Instagram that he was safe.
"Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."
CNN law enforcement analyst James Gagliano said based on the recording of the shooting, it appeared Paddock was using a military-style weapon.
“Automatic weapon(s) like that — had to be numbers of magazines or a very large drum, it sounded to me like a belt-fed weapon, a military-style weapon and then to be shooting down, to use the analogy, it was like shooting fish in a barrel in that space.”
MGM Resorts, owners of Mandalay Bay tweeted their condolences.
“Law enforcement and emergency personnel responded quickly to the incident a secured the scene,” it said in a statement. “Law enforcement requested that we put hotels in the vicinity on lockdown to ensure guest safety. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
Donald Trump did the same on his Twitter account:
“My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
Las Vegas Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says friends and family members who are concerned about the whereabouts and condition of concertgoers can call 1-866-535-5654.