58 Dead, Hundreds Wounded At Las Vegas Country Music Festival

10/02/2017 01:55 am ET Updated 8 minutes ago

Over 50 Dead, Hundreds Wounded In Shooting At Las Vegas Country Music Festival

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers from his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas around 10 p.m. on Sunday night.

  • Over 50 people were killed and over 500 were injured. 

  • Paddock, who had no serious criminal history, died of an apparent self-inflicted wound. Police could not immediately determine a motive for the attack.


At least 58 people were killed and 500 wounded after a gunman unleashed a storm of bullets on an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas late Sunday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Singer Jason Aldean was performing in the final act of this weekend's Route 91 Harvest Festival, a massive three-day country music event, when his set was interrupted by rapid gunfire around 10 p.m. Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was shooting at the approximately 22,000 concertgoers from a room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel, police later said.

Hoards of panicked fans rushed to flee the scene, hiding under cars and bleachers to escape the bombardment. SWAT team members stormed the hotel and found Paddock in his room, dead of apparent self-inflicted wound and surrounded by at least 10 firearms, including long rifles, police said. The windows of his room were smashed open.

Victims, including some in critical condition, were taken to five nearby hospitals. Police said they expected the death count to rise in the coming hours and days.

Officials are still investigating the motive behind the attack. Paddock, a white male who was described as the sole aggressor, had no serious criminal record, police said. He lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, with a female companion, Marilou Danley, but he had been staying in the Mandalay hotel room since Sept 28. Authorities said that Danley, 62, was not a suspect.

Eric Paddock, the suspect's brother, said that he had no religious affiliation, no political affiliation, and no history of mental illness. Family and friends described Stephen Paddock as an avid gambler. 

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ISIS on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq News site, but an FBI spokesman said that authorities had found no connection to an international terrorist group. 

We don't understand what's happened... but as we move on we'll learn more” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said at a press conference on Monday. “It was a cowardly despicable act that I am very angry about. There is not much we can do but learn.

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Witnesses to Sunday's attack described frantic concertgoers running for their lives as intermittent rounds of bullets rained down on the crowd. Many thought the pops were coming from fireworks. 

The concert was going on and we heard what sounded firecrackers going off, one witness, Megan Kearny, told NBC News.  All of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun and people just started screaming that they were hit and to get down, and about every 20 seconds after that you would hear a round of machine guns, and people just dropping, hundreds of bodies over the ground.

Joseph Ostunio told the Las Vegas Review Journal that he and his friends heard shots ring out and we thought they were fireworks so we stayed. And then all of a sudden they just kept coming and coming.

Ostunio said he realized something was wrong after Aldean abruptly left the stage. 

Justin Levya, a 22-year-old graphic designer from Riverside, California, was at the concert with his girlfriend, Jenna Newton, and her family when he heard the initial gunfire.

I look back to my girlfriends father who just yells to get down  and we did, Levya said. My instinct kicked in and I knew I had to get myself as far away from the firing as possible. I grabbed my girlfriend as she was staying down for cover and began throwing chairs out of our path until we finally decided to make a break for it. 

Aldean and his crew were unharmed, he said in an Instagram post, calling the incident “beyond horrific.


One off-duty police officer was killed and multiple others were injured including one from the Bakersfield Police Department in Bakersfield, California, authorities said, The Bakersfield officer's injuries were not life-threatening. Police also said that two on-duty police officers were also injured in the shooting, one critically.

President Donald Trump called the shooting an act of pure evil and said he would travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday. 

“This was a day I wish I had never had to see here in my 27 years of law enforcement,” Las Vegas Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said. “Seeing that scene was probably the most disturbing thing I have had to see in those 27 years. 


The shooting was the third attack on a major music event in recent years. Earlier this year, 22 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. and in 2015, 90 people died in a suicide attack during a performance by the Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan theatre in Paris. 

Authorities shut down parts of the Las Vegas Strip and the nearby Interstate 15 highway as they responded to the incident. McCarran International Airport said some flights had been diverted overnight due to the incident and that travelers should expect ongoing delays.

Several videos posted online contained what sounded like rapid gunfire:


Footage from someone who said he was at the Mandalay Bay hotel appeared to show people running from the event:


Some of the festival's performers tweeted about the incident:


Mandalay Bay said in a statement that it was grateful for the immediate actions of our first responders.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story reported that a Manchester, U.K. Ariana Grande concert was attacked last year. That incident occurred in May 2017.

Dominique Mosbergen, Rebecca Shapiro, Hayley Miller, and Willa Frej contributed reporting.

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  Now if this was a black man who done this?  It would be a civil war right now.  But since it's one of them?  It's evil.  Yes it is.  But it is also evil when black people die in mass shootings too.  Like the one at the church. Not too much coverage on that one.  And not on the shooter either.  So.  See the difference?  And that damn prez continues to insult PR by saying the hurricane there was not as bad as Katrina.  Just can't make this shyte up.    But!

The victims and families of this horrible tragedy are in Trump's "prayers", but when the RACIST PSYCHOPATH in Charlottesville, mowed down a crowd and murdered a young woman, Trump had no such "prayers" and even literally argued that many of those racist psychopaths were "really nice people".



When "the greatest country in the world" goes to war, everyone fighting the sucker from here becomes a racist psychopath. All during WWII, all you read about were the "Japs". I don't know all the racist terminology for the Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraquis, etc.. but there was racist terminology for all. It's just something that when WHITE lives are terminated, EVERYBODY should mourn. E.V.E.R.Y.B.O.D.Y according to THEM.

White men are the most insane "people" existing. When one totally loses his mind, why should there be surprise???????????????????????????????????????? They lose their minds on our black asses every 5 minutes. The thing is:  They can't shut the fuck up about it. Non-stop talk, 24 hours a day!!!!!!

Death is death, no matter how it's accomplished. Machine guns, bombs, guns, knives, ammonium nitrate, razors. Once you've been murdered, your ass is dead, red; black; yellow; blurple; white. Your ass has joined CORPSEVILLE. No one has a choice other than to REST IN PEACE, although you've been shredded into spaghetti.

You know I'm glad there are some intelligent folks around here.  First!  This is NOT the deadliest shooting in America's history.  This is just an ongoing proof of how violent Americans...particularly WHITE MEN...are.  They did a post video about the history of violence in America by white men....who didn't kill other white folks but people of color.    So we WON'T forget?  I'm gonna list a few from the video.

Colfax Massacre 1873 - 100 Black men were killed by white militiamen

Wounded Knee  1890 - 290 Native American men, women and children were killed by white men.

East St Louis 1917 - 200 Black men were lynched and murdered because white men were afraid of the work competition black men had over them-working jobs they wanted.

Tulsa Race Riot - 300 Black people in a wealthy section of a black neighborhood were murdered by white men.  

So that's 890 people who died at the hands of crazy ass racist white folks.  We can tell that Trump dismissed this  murder violent pattern against black people and people of color and intentionally honed in on the killings of whites only.  We are STILL not included as Americans....hell!  As people.  So it was a lie.  This is NOT the worse shooting in American modern history.  All you gotta do is look back at the violent path America has been on for a long long long time and you will see black people and people of color have been dying way before a white kid pick up a gun and started shooting at his classmates.  This is DELIBERATE blindness.    But!








There has been a lot of internet news/chatter and a lot of op-eds/articles pointing out the deliberate "lie-by-ommission" of this being the "deadliest mass shooting in [modern] history.  

While I'm not trying to take away from the horror and pain those concert goers went through, especially those whose loved ones were actually murdered, but even this massacre [and it was a massacre] pails by comparison to killings/murders, massacres of non-White people in America, not only since 'slavery', but in so-called 'modern' history as well.  



[A Few of Countless Examples]:



Why it’s wrong to call the Las Vegas tragedy ‘the deadliest mass shooting in US history’

Ashitha Nagesh for Metro.co.uk

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017 9:27 pm

On Sunday evening, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the horrific attack on a crowd of people who had just wanted to enjoy themselves.

Since then the atrocity has been described by many as ‘the deadliest mass shooting in US history’, with the death toll surpassing that of the Orlando terror attack last June.

However, one activist has pointed out that, although it is the deadliest in recent history, it isn’t the deadliest mass shooting in American history full stop.

Las Vegas shooting isn't deadliest mass shooting in US history. The deadliest mass shootings were acts of white supremacist terrorism. (1/x)


Writing in the wake of the tragedy, activist and data scientist Samuel Sinyangwe tweeted that ‘the deadliest shootings were acts of white supremacist terrorism’.

He then listed the deadliest mass shootings – mainly massacres of black people at the hands of white nationalists. ‘

These acts of racial terrorism are rarely taught in school or widely remembered,’ he said. ‘Yet they are the deadliest mass shootings in US history.’

It is important to remember these tragic mass killings, and not let them be forgotten in the annals of history.

Elaine ‘race riot’ in Arkansas, 1919. Death toll: Up to 800



Why it's wrong to call the Las Vegas tragedy 'the deadliest mass shooting in US history'

The inflammatory newspaper headline of October 3, 1919 issue of ‘The Gazette’ in Arkansas during the Elaine Race Riot of 1919, which incited violence against black people in the town (Picture: Wikicommons)



In September 1919, the sheriff of Elaine organised a white posse to stem a rumoured ‘black insurrection’.

Hundreds of white supremacists joined from neighbouring counties to join in – and in the end, the mob grew to between 500 to 1,000.

They attacked black people on sight, and over a three day period between 100 and 240 black people were confirmed to have been killed. However, some estimates put the death toll much higher, at 800.

Why it's wrong to call the Las Vegas tragedy 'the deadliest mass shooting in US history'

Rear view of truck carrying African Americans during the Tulsa riot of 1921 (Picture: Library of Congress

Tulsa ‘race riot’ in Oklahoma, 1921. Death toll: Up to 300 Rear view of truck carrying African Americans during the Tulsa riot of 1921 (Picture: Library of Congress) The Tulsa massacre is thought to be the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.

It started when Dirk Rowland, a black shoe shine man, accidentally stepped on the foot a white lift operator called Sarah Page, causing her to scream.

The local paper The Tulsa Tribune then falsely reported that he had tried to rape her – sparking a huge riot.

Angry white mobs ultimately destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses and killed as many as 300, according to the Oklahoma State University library.

The Colfax Massacre in Louisiana, 1873. Death toll: Up to 153

Why it's wrong to call the Las Vegas tragedy 'the deadliest mass shooting in US history'

People ‘gathering the dead and wounded’ after the Colfax Massacre in Louisiana (Picture: Harpers Weekly)

Just eight years after the end of the American civil war, during the Reconstruction period, violence was sparked by a local election in Louisiana.

A group of white Democrats, who were then in favour of slavery, armed themselves with rifles and cannons and attacked Republican freedmen and black state militia, who were trying to protect the city’s courthouse.

The freedmen surrendered – but despite this, most of them were killed. Another 50 were held prisoner, before being killed later in the evening.

Estimates of the death toll vary from 62 to 153, but it was difficult to determine exactly how many victims there were as many of the bodies were dumped in the river.



The Fort Pillow Massacre in Tennessee, 1864. Death toll: More than 300

The Fort Pillow Massacre is one of the most controversial events that happened during the American civil war.

In this battle, much of the Union garrison was made up of African-American freedmen who had joined forces against the Confederates.

The Union side surrendered the battle, and therefore should have been treated as prisoners of war.

However, the Confederates refused to recognise them as legitimate soldiers because they were black. Instead, they went ahead and killed them anyway – slaughtering more than 300 of the men.











"Whites" in "America" don't see "Blacks" in 'America" as CITIZENS. They treat US no differently than they do "immigrants." Trumpet Anus Mouth places us in the same category as he places President Barack Obama. Everything President Obama signed into place, Trumpet's dismantling. There should be laws AGAINST that!!!!!! Malania's more of a "citizen" in Trumpet's raccoon eyes than we are. If you look closely at that orange mop upon his head, you'll see Hitler waving backatcha!!!!!!! Ole German "nigger hater" that he is!!!!!!!!


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