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Tragedy strikes as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

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Photo of suspect Stephen Paddock.

Photo of suspect Stephen Paddock.

Photo of suspect Stephen Paddock.

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Aerial map view of where the gunman was in relation to his attack.

It was a normal, fun event for Jason Aldean concert-goers at the Las Vegas Strip on the night of October 1st. But that all ended abruptly when a man opened fire on the crowd of around 22,000 people from his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel. This resulted in over 50 deaths and 500 injuries, quickly becoming the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The suspect, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the hotel across the street from the concert venue at around 10 p.m. Paddock was a local resident, extreme poker player, and cipher. A woman, Marilou Denley, was a suspected accomplice to Paddock’s crime. She has since been proven to have been out-of-country during the attack and is no longer a person of interest.

While police have yet to release concrete information on the weapons used in the attack, most witnesses and victims claim to have heard strings of gunshots, indicating semi-automatic weaponry. Upon entering his hotel room moments after the shooting, officials found him dead with self-inflicted gunshot wounds. In addition, a myriad of weapons and ammunition were also found at the scene. Investigators stated that there were no additional attackers, and Paddock’s motive has yet to be confirmed.

The Las Vegas attack is a huge topic on social media, as thousands send their condolences to victims. On Twitter, president Donald Trump stated, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”

Aldean has taken to Instagram to state that, “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t 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.”

Many others have also kept the victims in their thoughts, with Facebook and Twitter booming with support and sympathy.

With over 50 fatalities and 500 injuries, this shooting has been classified as the deadliest mass shooting in the modern history of the U.S., surpassing the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, with 49 fatalities and 58 injuries. As more details unfold, expect changes to the widespread story over time.

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