Las Vegas shooting: Terror on Las Vegas Strip after deadly shooting spree

Mandalay Bay casino gunman fires on Route 91 festival


POLICE say one suspect is ‘down’ after gunfire ripped through an outdoor concert at a Las Vegas casino, with reports of 100 injured and at 20 dead. WARNING: Graphic

A lone gunman opened fire at the open-air Route 91 festival, unloading hundreds of rounds of ammunition from a room high up at the Mandalay Bay casino complex.
Witnesses say the shots appeared to come from a balcony on the adjoining casino, aimed at the crowd of 30,000 people on the ground below.

Las Vegas Police have confirmed a suspect has been killed and confirmed they believed there were no more active shooters.
The gunman was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a spokesman said during a media address. Police used explosives to blast their way into the casino room where the gunman was situated.

The dead suspect has been identified as an un-named local, and Police are seeking the gunman’s partner - named as Mari-Lou Danley. Two cars have been identified for the search, and police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
“We have well in excess of 100 plus injured, and 20 plus that have died," the spokesman said.

Concertgoers reported seeing “multiple injuries and fatalities”, with people being shot around them as they fled the concert grounds on foot.
Pictures taken at the scene showed revellers cowering in the street or running in terror, as well what appeared to be several bodies lying prone on the ground.

“Nurses said this all began with pair of officers running into UMC trauma entrance, helping carry a woman who was shot. Then, rush of patients,” a reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted.
Local media reported a triage centre was being set up at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

Police report they had packed squad cars with injured in order to get them to hospital. “I am transporting 5 critical patients in my car,” one distraught officer was heard to say.
Heavily armed SWAT teams have taken up positions around the multistorey building, sealing it and the area off.
Part of the Las Vegas Strip and buildings remain in lockdown as police work to ensure the scene is safe.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Professional poker player and Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, who was at the concert, said on his IG story that he saw the shooting unfold and witnessed a girl getting shot right in front of him.
“Holy f-k this girl just got shot in the f-king head,” Bilzerian said.
“So f-king crazy…So I had to go grab a gun, I’m f-king heading back…Some kind of mass shooting…Guy had a heavy caliber weapon for sure…Saw a girl f-king get shot in the face right next to me, her brains f-king hanging out.”

In one video, an eruption of semiautomatic firing can be heard as the band plays. The band then breaks off as panic spreads.
“Oh my God, something’s happening. Get down, get down,” one woman can be heard saying.

Australian Brian Hodge, who was born in Wagga Wagga but now lives in the USA, said he was forced to take cover in the bushes outside the Mandalay Bay hotel when the shooter opened fire.
“I’m OK, hiding in bushes, ran outside the hotel,” he told News Corp Australia from outside the hotel.
Hodge, who is in Las Vegas with his staff, said that he expected to remain in hiding for a while.
“It’s going to be a long time before I get to a safe place, this place is in lockdown,” he said.

Jon Bessette told NBC news he was attending the Route 91 music festival when he heard gunshots around 10pm local time. “The band ran off stage and it was pandemonium,” Bessette said. “Everyone was running, people were getting trampled.”
Artists performing at the open-air concert have tweeted their alarm at the shooting.
“We heard a round of (fire from) a machine gun, and people just started dropping,” an eyewitness of the shooting told NBC News. “As people were running people were shooting ... no-one was safe.”

“They were firing from somewhere high, and they were unloading clip after clip after clip after clip,” a witness told Nathan O’Neal, a reporter for a local news station, KSNV News.
“It was hundreds of shots ... There were bullets flying everywhere. Everybody was running. It was really, really bad,” he said.
“They were firing from somewhere high and they were unloading clip after clip after clip. Multiple shooters, has to be.
“There were obviously people hit. We saw one getting CPR in a truck.

“It sounded like two firecrackers ended up being hundreds of shots. It sounded like a firecracker and then didn’t sound like a firecracker. “
His female companion described the chaotic scenes in the concert:
“There bullets ricocheting around my feet because we all got on the floor, crawling out, rushing. I just thought it was something technical, something wrong with the stage then everyone started rushing out,” she said.

Twitter user StreetBeetle told Newshub a friend, who used to be in the military, “knew instantly it was an automatic weapon”.
He said there’s “lots of panic” and the hotel had sent people to the basement and to their rooms.
“It still seems very nuts. The MGM is now on lockdown and everyone is crying and panicking.”

VEGAS IN LOCKDOWN

Authorities have shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15.
Mandalay Bay is on the south side of the Vegas strip, across from McCarran International Airport.
The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was in its final night, in an open-air performance venue across the street from the casino.
McCarran International Airport tweeted that several flights had been diverted, but it has since “temporarily halted” all flights in and out of the airport.

AUSTRALIAN CONTACT

Australian authorities are making urgent calls to determine if any Australians have been caught up in the attack.
“The Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles is making urgent inquiries with local authorities to determine whether any Australians have been affected by a shooting incident at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas,” a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said.

She urged Australians who had concerns for the welfare of family and friends in the Las Vegas area to contact them directly.
“If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1 300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas,” she said.





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