For four and a half minutes beginning around 1:00 AM (eastern US Time), 64 year old Stephen Paddock opened fire with machine guns from a hotel room on the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, attacking a Country-Music festival where more than ten thousand concert goers were enjoying an outdoor concert. 

 UPDATE 8:45 AM EDT - Death Toll now almost 100; with 400+ injured, many in critical condition.

UPDATE 11:50 AM EDT -- Deaths now up to 58 confirmed but LEO Sources tell me "more than 100"--  and 515 Injured confirmed.

UPDATE 1:13 PM EDT -- The "official" mouthpiece of ISIS confirms via its "official" channel that the shooter was a "Muslim convert"

According to an unofficial report from Reshet Bet, the Las Vegas shooter's "Muslim name" is Samir al-Hajib.

He is an American who converted to Islam at the age of 30 and lived in Mesquite, NV near Las Vegas.

Police breached the hotel room and killed the shooter, but not before he managed to slaughter "more than fifty" and injure "more than 200."

Terrifying footage from the scene shows concert-goers reacting with confusion and then panic as the festival turns into a bloodbath around them.

Video from close to the stage shows people hitting the floor as other crawl to safety or run for their lives. Audio from further back in the crowd captured several bursts of sustained automatic gunfire.

Witnesses said 'hundreds' of round of ammunition were emptied into the crowd, with Paddock stopping several times to reload as he carried out his massacre.

Among those shot dead at the concert were two off-duty police officers. Attendees said a large number of law enforcement and military personnel had been attending the show. 

Two on-duty police officers who engaged the shooter have been hospitalized - one in critical condition, one less severely wounded. They have not been identified. 

All of the ambulances in the area had been deployed to the location, and victims taken to two hospitals. 


 

 

One witness at the concert said that a woman had entered the crowd with a male companion and screamed

'They're all around... You're all going to f***ing die today'

just 45 minutes before the gunfire broke out.

The woman was described as being Hispanic and in her 50s; she and the man were escorted out of the venue by security. 

Witness Breanna Hendricks, who is in Vegas celebrating her 21st birthday, said: 'There was a lady who came running up behind us in the concert and she started to play with people's hair acting crazy and she told us that we're all going to f***ing die.

'She said they're all around us and we were going to die,' continued Hendricks, whose mom Shawn Hendricks also witnessed the startling altercation.

'She was Hispanic, probably about 5ft 5, brown hair. It felt like she had knowledge of what was about to happen, her and her boyfriend who was also Hispanic.

'The woman was saying her boyfriend couldn't breathe so they could get through the crowd. 

'It seemed she was telling us to either warn us or she was part of it and she was telling us because she knew we were going to die, it was so scary.'

It's not clear whether what she witnessed is related to the shooting or not.

 

Video footage of the shooting shows performer Jason Aldane on stage as the automatic gunfire rings out.

Aldane continues performing for ten seconds as the gunfire rings out constantly, only stopping after screams begin to rise from the crowds.

People in the crowds argue over whether they just heard gunshots as the lights on the stage dim and Aldane and his band leave.

He later posted a message on Instagram that read: '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'

Aldean was the closing act of the festival. Taking to Twitter, many other stars sent out their thoughts and prayers to those affected.

Jake Owen, who played the main stage before Aldean, tweeted: 'Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others aren't. Please pray.'

Lauren Alaina, tweeted: 'Praying for everyone at Route 91. That crowd was one of the best I've played for all year. This news is devastating. My camp is home & safe.'

While the Brothers Osborne urged revelers to find cover immediately, tweeting: 'Just hearing about active shooting at Route 91 Festival in Vegas. Take cover and get safe immediately! Prayers to everyone there.'

Singer Lee Brice, who performed on the opening night on Friday, posted: 'Hearts out to Vegas. Route 91 concert, stage I played two nights ago. Musicians, fans, workers, you are all in our prayers right now.'

Michael Ray said: 'My heart is breaking we were just there Friday! My prayers are with everyone.' 

Witnesses said that the crowd initially got calmly down on the ground, but as more people fell to the gunfire, mass panic took hold and people began to stampede from the scene. 

 

Speaking on a bus laid on to transport concert goers away from the scene, Lisa Price, 43, and Nancy Stover, 38, of Los Angeles said: 'People were lying on the ground - I was like get up, you're going to get trodden on.

'We just heard like pop, pop, pop, pop and started walking - it was happening over and over again.

'It was at least 20 shots. Enough for us to start walking, then running and panicking. Luckily, we seemed to be further away - we were at the front of the concert near the stage.

'It seemed to be coming from the back. We were running to try to help people and they were coming from that direction.'

Other sobbing concertgoers said the gunfire was so intense, it sounded like July 4th.

Derek and Karen Bernard, from Los Angeles, California, were in town for the Route 91 country festival at the Mandalay Bay hotel and were close to the stage when the shooting began.

'We were inside,' said sales manager Derek, 53. 'All of a sudden, we saw the band disappearing - they were like running off the stage.

'We were off to the left side of the stage, we were running off there and there were staff security there.

'There was a woman bleeding - that's when we realized it was real shots. She just fell. She was shot. There was a lot of blood.

'It was so many - it sounded like 4th of July - just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. So many. I didn't think it was real because I couldn't see or feel anything. I was so panicked.' 

Professional poker player Dan Bilzerian, who was at the event, streamed footage of himself running.  Noises that could be helicopters or gunfire could be heard in the background. 

'Holy f**k this girl just got shot in the f**king head,' he said, 'This is so f**king crazy.' 





Hotel guests staying at the Mandalay Bay said they were woken by SWAT teams bursting into their rooms.

Brad Baker, 38, of Austin, Texas, was in Las Vegas for a conference. 'I think it [the shooter] was on my floor,' he said. 'When they [the police] came into my room, I was totally out - I thought I was in trouble!

'They yelled at me like, "Get some clothes on." I got my shirt on but I left my phone, my wallet. When I came out of my room, they were telling us to run. I saw all the cops with guns. It was crazy.

'I saw them run up the stairs - there were maybe like six people [police] on our floor. I was on the 32nd floor - they're saying the guy was like four rooms down from me.'

Another witness said he was in the room next to the gunman when he opened fire.

'I was in room 135 and I heard over the police scanner that the shooting came from room 137,' said the man, who asked not to be named.

'It was non-stop, I would say well over 100 rounds. We hit the floor and took cover. I called the front desk and she was remarkably calm and said she was aware of the situation and told us to stay in our room.

'After around 10-15 minutes it just kind of stopped. You could smell the gun powder. Right before we got out I heard an explosion, maybe a flashbang, but windows were blown out.

'The cops came on to the floor and they were clearing rooms room by room and six or seven cops came into our room and we were evacuated.'

 

 

Dozens were seen on aerial footage fleeing the Mandalay Bay, which was locked down, as police surrounded the location. 

Unconfirmed reports were made of a suspicious vehicle outside the Luxor, and shots fired at other Vegas locations: Aria, NYNY and Tropicana. 

The LVMPD tweeted: 'Please avoid heading to the south end of the Strip. Las Vegas Blvd is shut down at Tropicana, southbound past Russell Rd at this time.' 

Flights out of the city's McCarran International Airport are now gradually reopening after it was initially totally shut down.


According to Israel National News, the shooter converted to ISLAM when he was about 30 years old; another Radical Islamic TERRORIST.

While initial reports claimed Paddock was a recent convert to Islam, Clark County Sherrif Joseph Lombardo said he had no knowledge of Paddock's religious beliefs.

"As far as his history and his background, we haven't completed that part of the investigation yet."

"We have no idea what his belief system was."

Authorities are now searching for the shooter’s companion, a 62-year-old woman identified as Marilou Danley, whom police have called “a person of interest”. KHOU-TV's Bill Bishop identified Danley as Paddock's wife.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo, when asked by a reporter if it was an “act of terrorism,” said “no, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual. He resides here locally. I’m not at liberty to give you his place of residence yet, because it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t know what his belief system was at this time. … Right now we believe he is the sole aggressor at this point and the scene is static.”

Lombardo said multiple firearms were found inside the hotel room. He said the room is still being processed and further details weren’t immediately available. KTNV, citing police sources, reports that Paddock had eight guns inside the hotel room, along with two platforms set up to shoot from. He also had cameras to see police arriving, the news station reports. He is believed to have used long range rifles, News 8 Now reports.

Las Vegas Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told CNN that they found Paddock by listening to where the gunshots were coming from. He also confirmed they found 8 weapons, including long rifles, inside the hotel room.

 

UPDATE 1:13 PM EDT --

The official media mouthpiece for the terror group "ISIS" is now publicly confirming the Las Vegas shooter was, in fact a convert to Islam, and they further claim responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Here is the actual ISIS statement:

 From RT:

According to reports, ISIS terror group claimed responsibility for Las Vegas shooting attack. The US is investigating this report, however, so far are not able to confirm it.

The ISIS terrorist group (banned in Russia) claimed responsibility for the deadly Las Vegas shooting that claimed more than 50 lives, media reported on Monday.

The shooter, who was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, converted to Islam months ago, according to Reuters.

Stephen Paddock showed no warning signs before carrying out the deadliest shooting in US history on Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, and his motives remain unclear, the shooter's brother Eric Paddock said on Monday.