On October 1, 2017, a mass shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. A gunman opened fire on the outdoor festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard during the closing performance by singer Jason Aldean.
The shooter was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. He was found dead in his hotel room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. With at least 60 fatalities (including the perpetrator) and 527 injuries, this incident surpassed the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history.
A photo posted online by the conspiracy theory website InfoWars appears to show Paddock deceased and laying in a pool of blood—dozens of spent shell casings surround the dead madman.
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Earlier Tuesday, Boston25 posted exclusive photos taken inside the shooters hotel room showing gun, ammo, bipod, optics. The carpeting seems to be the same in both photos.
Paddock fired hundreds of rifle rounds into the festival audience from two windows that he had broken with a hammer in his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. The attack began during Aldean’s performance at about 10:08 p.m. PDT. Many people in the crowd initially mistook the gunfire for fireworks. The gunfire continued intermittently over the course of ten minutes.
A smoke-detecting fire alarm triggered by gun smoke reportedly helped police to locate the shooter.By around 10:25 p.m., a group of law enforcement officers had reached the hotel’s 32nd floor and locked it down. When they announced themselves outside his suite, Paddock fired through the door, wounding a hotel security guard. At around 11:21 p.m., police breached the room with explosives. The perpetrator was found dead, having shot himself just before the police entered. At 11:58 p.m. the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that one suspect was down.
A large quantity of ammunition and 23 firearms were found, including AR-15-style, AK-47-style and .308 caliber rifles; two of the rifles were mounted on tripods and were equipped with telescopic sights. Authorities said Paddock had brought “in excess of 10” suitcases to the room. Audio recordings of the attack indicated that the perpetrator could have used a bump fire device or trigger activator to simulate full automatic operation. A bump fire stock was also found in the room.