At least 50 people have been killed and another 200 have been wounded in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
A gunman, named as 64-year-old local man, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards the crowds of the open-air concert. He was shot dead by officers in the hotel.
Scott White, Regional Director of American Medical Response (AMR), Las Vegas’s main ambulance provider told Ambulance Today: “Our crews have performed so professionally tonight in a very chaotic and heart-breaking situation. We deployed every unit we have in the fleet and we are now starting to de-mobilise our units.”
The attack is now being recognised as the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooting as a “lone wolf” attack. He added that police were now confident they had located a woman, earlier named as Marilou Danley, who was suspected of travelling with the gunman before the attack.
Sheriff Lombardo said he was unable to give accurate details of dead and wounded, but confirmed two off-duty police officers were among those killed.
A local hospital spokesperson said earlier that at least 14 of the injured were in a critical condition.
There had been reports of other incidents at different locations along the Las Vegas strip, but police said those reports were false.
Witnesses reported that hundreds of shots were fired.
Hundreds of people fled the scene and the sound of what appeared to be prolonged automatic gunfire could be heard on videos posted on social media.
Many hotels on the Las Vegas strip close to the scene remained on police lockdown and parts of Las Vegas Boulevard were shut.
People sheltered in hotels, restaurants and at Las Vegas McCarran airport.
The country music festival had been taking place since Friday at several hotels on the Las Vegas strip.
Nevada has some of the least stringent gun laws in the United States.
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