CNN is now reporting that at least 50 people have died at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas, Nevada last night, and over 200 people have been injured. The shooting took place at an outdoor concert when an individual opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, which overlooked the music venue. You can here the first bursts of fire in this video:
According to police the suspect has been identified as 64 year old Stephen Paddock. Reports from the local police indicate that the perpetrator had “multiple rifles” in their room but no specific information has been distributed about the type of firearm used or whether they were legally owned. Fox News is reporting live on air that eight rifles were found, along with two shooting platforms and cameras, however there is no confirmation of that information at this time. At this time the police have stated that the suspect is dead, and they are executing search warrants against his hotel room and other locations to find more information.
“Experts” on CNN are stating that the firearms used are definitely fully automatic firearms, and while the rate of fire recorded on video supports that conclusion the police still have not determined whether that is true. As always, the “facts” in these situations tend to change drastically over time. Stay tuned.