On Sunday night, disaster struck in Las Vegas. Shots fired from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel to the Route 91 Harvest Festival across the street. 50+ dead and with the death toll rising, it has become what we now know as the most deadly shooting in United States history. The gunman was 64 year old Stephen Paddock, who checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel on September 28th. He was found dead in his room along with at least 10 guns.
Paddock was a local resident in Mesquite, NA, which is about 80 miles northeast of where the shooting happened. Police said Paddock has only a routine traffic violation with no other criminal record, and it’s unclear if he has ties with any terrorist group. The suspect’s motive is unclear.
“You could see people getting shot,” Gail Davis told CNN. She was in the crowd at the time of the shooting, “I’ve never been that scared in my life.” More than 22,000 people attended the event, according to a report by the New York Times, and over 500 of them were injured in the shooting. This incident is still an ongoing investigation. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.
Story by Erin Chen and Iris Schreiner