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UPDATE: More than 50 killed in mass shooting at Las Vegas concert

UPDATE: More than 50 killed in mass shooting at Las Vegas concert

10/02/2017

By Barbara Kollmeyer and Karen Friar, MarketWatch

Police say one suspect is dead in deadliest attack on U.S. soil since 9/11

More than 50 people are dead and over 200 injured after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel on a crowd at a country-music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, in the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. of September 11, 2001.

What happened? The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department police tweeted (https://twitter.com/LVMPD/status/914726209770029056) at 10:38 p.m. local time that they were "investigating reports of an active shooter" near the Mandalay Bay Casino, asking people to steer clear of the area.

A large crowd of people were attending an open-air country music festival at the Mandalay Bay Casino, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International (MGM) on the Vegas strip. As country star Jason Aldean was performing, a succession of shots rang out, wounding and killing several in the audience.

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Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas police department, said the shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. That suspect is dead, and the authorities are not looking for any other shooters.

How many have been injured? Scenes of panic surfaced on social media, with users posting videos and photos of people fleeing a concert. Some concertgoers mistook what sounded like prolonged gunshots for fireworks. Other images shared showed injured individuals lying on the ground.

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