Las Vegas mass shooting leaves at least 58 dead


At least 58 people have been killed and more than 515 have been injured in a mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire with an automatic weapon on revellers at an open-air music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The three-day Route 91 country music festival is attended by 22,000 music fans each year, with music fans enjoying headline act Jason Aldean when Paddock opened fire late on Monday night at 22:08 local time (05:08 GMT on Tuesday).

Festival-goers ran for cover as the killer sprayed hundreds of bullets into the crowd from his vantage point way above the crowd.

He killed himself as police stormed the room, where officers found a cache of ten weapons.

The motives behind the most deadly mass shooting in recent US history remains unclear, but police say they have not found any evidence of links between Paddock and international terror groups, despite the Islamic State’s claim of involvement and identified the gunman as “Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki”.

US President Donald Trump described the attack as “pure evil”, while dignitaries and heads of state from around the world have expressed their condolences to the victims and their families.



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