A hail of gunfire erupted on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night during a country music festival resulting in over 50 deaths and 400 people wounded, including off-duty police officers attending the concert.
The shots began as Jason Aldean was performing during the last night of the Route 91 country music festival near Mandalay Bay.
The gunfire temporarily froze everyone in their tracks before chaos erupted and audience members were running for their lives.
According to video taken from people on scene, the gunfire appears to be coming from a full or semi-automatic weapon.
Clark County Sheriff’s say they located and confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino. The suspect was killed and cops believe that person was the lone active shooter.
The suspects name has not been released, but officials say he is a local Vegas resident. Cops are trying to track down the suspect’s roommate.
According to officials, two off-duty police officers attending the concert have died.
Jason Aldean posted about the incident, calling it “beyond horrific.”
Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. 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. #heartbroken #stopthehate
— KingLurch (@austinnolson) October 2, 2017
The shooter has been identified as Stephen C. Paddock from Mesquite, NV. As of now, he is considered the lone shooter, and cops say he likely took his life as officers rushed his hotel room at Mandalay Bay.