[UPDATE 3] The death toll has now risen to 59 dead and more than 518 injured during a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas, Nevada strip late on Sunday night. Police say they killed the alleged sole gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, at a hotel overlooking the concert. This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Country superstar Jason Aldean was on stage before a sold out crowd for the final concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night when automatic gunfire rang out from a nearby hotel window. The attack left at least 59 dead and 518 injured, according to Las Vegas authorities.
No Obvious Motive
The alleged gunman, Stephen Paddock, age 64, apparently took his own life as police closed. No motive for the shooting has be shared by authorities. He had no criminal record and was not affiliated to with any terrorist organization or hate group.
Now in its fourth year, the Route 91 Harvest Festival is a joint promotion of Live Nation and MGM Grand Resorts. All 25,000 tickets had been sold for the three day event held across Las Vegas Boulevard from MGM's Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The shooter opened fire from the 32nd floor of that hotel.
Aldean, his band and crew escaped injury during the attack. The country superstar took to social media calling for prayers for those involved. "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe," he wrote on instagram. "My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."
Some chilling live footage.
EYEWITNESS: Chilling footage of moment active shooter opened fire on concert goers near Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/7OfAwg0ReO— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 2, 2017