The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, popular for its resort, casino, big concert and technology companies’ annual event turns into a deadliest spot of mass shooting in US history. In one of the deadliest attack in America, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured over 200 on Monday (IST). Most of the big technology companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Google, VMware organise their flagship annual event at Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas.
The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who has now been neutralised by Police launched an attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, unloading hundreds of rounds of ammunition from a semi-automatic weapon towards concert-goers, said Police.
Police has identified his accomplice, a woman named Marilou Danley and IS trying to find out the motive. According to Police, Danley is an Asian woman, 4 ft 11 inches tall and 111 pounds. The gunmen Stephen Paddock was identified but not named earlier by the Police shot at people who were attending the popular three-day Route 91 Harvest festival. According to an eye witness, Rachel Dekerf gunshots lasted for 10-15 minutes, reported CNN.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Twitter that one suspect has been down. “This is an active investigation. Again, please do not head down to the Strip at this time,” advised Police. The spokesperson for the University Medical Center hospital said 14 suffered bullet wounds and were in a critical condition. Vegas police said they believed there weren’t any more active shooters, reported AP.
Concert-goers said they saw muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the country music festival, and heard the sound of what they described as automatic gunfire. Officers carrying assault rifles were seen running into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Flights at McCarran International Airport were temporarily halted because of the shooting.
CNN spoke to three people who were attending the concert at the Las Vegas Village outdoor arena when gunfire broke out, causing them to flee. They described hearing the sound of gunfire while Jason Aldean was performing. Aldean, his wife Brittany, his band and crew were able to get offstage safely and unharmed, said report.