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Las Vegas shooting

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a messy, bloody scene at the festival

a messy, bloody scene at the festival

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a messy, bloody scene at the festival

Alice Cai, Reporter

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On the night of October 1, at 10:08 p.m., a gunman rapid-fired in an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. The concert was near the Mandalay Bar Resort and Casino, where Jason Aldean was performing outside at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day music event.

In the middle of one of Aldean’s songs, automatic gunfire could be heard as it interrupted the sound of music. The audience of more than 22,000 people broke into chaos. Some ducked for cover, and others fled.

“You could see people getting shot. I’ve never been that scared in my life,” witness Gail Davis said.

Concertgoers, as well as Jake Owen, a singer accompanying Aldean, claim that the shooting went on for a long time, with round after round of gunfire. One of the witnesses, Robyn Webb, said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “It just kept coming. It was relentless.”

More than 50 people were killed and over 400 were injured, including several police officers.

SWAT teams arrived at the site soon after the reports of the shooting. The Las Vegas police identified the gunman as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, and located his “companion”, Marilou Danley. Later, the police found Paddock dead in his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, supposedly having shot himself.

Paddock’s background is largely unclear, but the police do know that he was a local resident, and they will undertake a long investigation to shed some light on his motive.

The brother of the shooter, Eric Paddock, told the police, “We are completely dumbfounded. We can’t understand what happened.”

President Donald Trump and other political figures have offered their condolences for the families of the victims.

 

Update 10/02: Death toll has went up to 58 and 515 has been injured.

Update 10/02: 59 people killed and 527 injured

 

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