On Sunday evening, Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting to take place in modern United States history. A large crowd of people were gathered on the final day of the Route 91 Harvest festival to enjoy their favorite artists including country star Jason Aldean. During the final evening of the concert, shots were fired creating a killing field on the concert grounds. 59 people have died due to the mass shooting and over 500 people have been treated for injuries. Authorities found that 64 year old Stephen Paddock was the shooter, using a hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel to fire upon concert goers.
Investigators are still working on this case, trying to determine why the shooting took place. What drove Paddock to open fire on hundreds of people? It appears the act was planned well in advanced as investigators found 23 weapons in the 32nd floor hotel room as well as weapons within the home of Paddock. Authorities have checked legal databases to try and find information on Paddock, but found no run-ins with police. It was found that Paddock’s father was a bank robber who was once listed on the FBI’s most wanted but nothing else.
Investigators have not been able to find any connection with Paddock and terrorist organizations or criminal enterprises. It has been determined that Paddock was a former accountant and visited Las Vegas frequently for high-stakes gambling. Family members of Paddock are dumb-founded and have no idea what could have made him snap and attack innocent people.
During the music festival, over 22,000 had been in attendance over the three day event. The concert grounds were located across the street from the Mandalay Bay and the shooting began around 10pm on Sunday. It appears that Paddock smashed a window within the hotel room in order to have a vantage point for shooting. Individuals were shot while running trying to get away. The death toll from the massacre is now 59 but could rise as more than 500 people were injured.
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