Posted: October 02, 2017
By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
LAS VEGAS —
Celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts and prayers after a deadly mass shooting erupted late Sunday during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, headlined by Jason Aldean, in Las Vegas.
Multiple people were reportedly shot Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip, where the Route 91 Harvest country music festival was taking place.
Las Vegas authorities have named Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, as the man who shot and killed at least 50 people at an outdoor concert at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night.
The shooting took place at 10:08 p.m. as a concert by country singer Jason Aldean was ending. Authorities say they have confirmed at least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured at the event which was on the last day of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival - a country music event.
Here’s what we know about Paddock so far. Check back here for more updates:
UPDATE Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m. EDT:
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Las Vegas Police Department Sheriff Joeseph Lombardo said the original number is now back up and running for people to call for victim information and reuniting families. The number is 1 (866) 535-5654.UPDATE Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m. EDT:
Las Vegas Police Department has changed the number family members can call to report loved ones missing or to check on their family members who were in Las Vegas during Sunday night’s shooting.
Original story Oct. 2 8:11 a.m.:
With more than 50 dead and more than 200 hurt in a deadly shooting in Las Vegas, many families are awaiting word on their loved ones who were attending the Route 91 Harvest concert on the Strip.
Police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, as the man who opened fire on concertgoers Sunday. They are currently searching his home and the room at the Mandalay Bay hotel where he was holded up during the shooting, CBS News reported. Paddock is local to the Las Vegas area, living in Mesquite, Nevada.
Facebook is now being used as a point of contact for people in the area to check in, to tell their families that they are OK.
A Facebook Safety Check was launched after the shooting.
Police also are telling people to call 1-866-535-5654 to check on their family members who were in Las Vegas during Sunday night’s shooting.
On the evening of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock, shooting from the 32nd floor of a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, killed 58 people, making the shooting the deadliest in American history.
The gunman was killed when police stormed his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, but not before Paddock went on the shooting spree that has left an estimated 851 people injured.
With 58 dead, the shooting is the deadliest single-day mass shooting spree in American history.
Here is a list of the some of the deadliest mass shootings in America.
At least 59 people were killed and hundreds more were injured Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 people gathered near the Mandalay Bay Casino for a country music festival.
Police said the suspected gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Authorities found him dead in his hotel room, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
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