We seem to continue to break the “deadliest shooting in history” record, as if we are part of some sick joke. This is not a game we want to play.
I woke up at 7:15 A.M to take out my dogs and make some coffee. It was then that I saw the breaking news of just hours before, a deadly mass shooting took place in Las Vegas. My heart sank and I immediately thought of all the people who would not make it back home to their husbands, wives, children, and parents.
A terrifying moment as the gunfire first erupts during Jason Aldean's concert in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/sK5VajUcjk
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 2, 2017
ABC News reports:
Videos filmed by onlookers gave a window into the chaos that ensued, with some thinking that fireworks were going off. The final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was taking place across the street from Mandalay Bay. Jason Aldean was the night’s headliner; other performers included country stars Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Luke Combs and Dylan Scott.
More than 50 people were murdered, and another 200 wounded, when a 64-year-old gunman, who has been killed, opened fire. He was located at a high elevation in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, making it easier to kill so many people with his “nonstop gunfire.”
Footage shows the moment the sound of gunfire stops a Las Vegas concert. There are reports of multiple injuries pic.twitter.com/y5x0bA1F8N
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 2, 2017
Bystanders sprang into action, caring for the wounded and at least one described someone dying in their arms.
Police said a Las Vegas police officer who was off-duty attending the concert is among the dead.
One video showed the terrifying aftermath as the injured lay on stretchers or on the ground with responders and bystanders surrounding them to give aid. Bystanders made makeshift stretchers out of police barricades, plugged wounds with their hands and used their clothing to try to stanch the bleeding from the wounded.
Witness Brian Claypool said on “Good Morning America” today that after the first round of gunfire, he ran into a little room that he described as a production area.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2017
Claypool gave an emotional recount of what he saw: “The hardest for me was, I saw six young women. They were maybe 20, 22. They were all crying on the ground. I was trying to be calm.”
He continued, “But I thought at the moment of the Orlando shooting, because we were in this room. We didn’t know where the shooter was. We thought he was going to jump the fence and come in this room and shoot us all. … I’m thinking, ‘Am I going to die in this room?'”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 2, 2017
He said that the shooting then stopped, “And I peeked out the front of the door, I peek my head out, police officers scream, ‘Go! Go!’”
He added that he attempted to comfort the girls hiding with him and told himself, “These girls aren’t going to die. I’m not going to die. I need to get home to see my daughter. This is not happening.”
Police killed the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel.
Police have detained his companion, Marilou Danley, but do not believe she is connected to the shooting.
President Trump tweeted out his condolences and sympathies:
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
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