(SL) – More terror in the United States as a gunman unloaded on attendees at the Route 61 Harvest Festival. 64-year old Stephen Paddock reportedly had more than 10 rifles and semi-automatic guns in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel; and killed himself as police entered the room.
The hunting enthusiasts and licensed pilot committed suicide, it’s believed that he fired more than 200 rounds over the course of 10 minutes.
Raining gunfire down on innocent concert goers, more than 515 people were injured with 12 of those being listed as critical and 58 people have been confirmed dead and that number could rise. It’s the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by 22,000 and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.
Police say the shooter, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, unloaded on the festival at the Las Vegas Village, from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10:08 pm. At this point, authorities say there is no connection to international terrorists.
Investigators are currently raiding Paddock’s $400,000 home in a retirement community in Mesquite, which he shared with a woman named Marilou Danley who is currently out of the country. Paddock reportedly used her credit cards over the last few days as he had been in Vegas since Sept. 28th.
Some reports state that Paddock was going through a divorce at the time. Paddock’s brother Eric described Marilou as his brother’s girlfriend whom he was living with.
Investigations are still ongoing and police have not yet determined a motive. Paddock has no arrest record.
Authorities are asking for blood donations in the area.
Worst mass shootings in US history (Daily Mail List)
49 dead – Orlando nightclub, June 2016: Omar Mateen launched a shooting attack on a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring 58 more. Mateen, who worked as a security guard, walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, with a handgun and AR-15 semi-automatic rifle before police stormed the club and fatally shot him.
32 dead – Virginia Tech, April 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, a student at Virginia Tech shot and killed 32 people and injured 17 others in two separate attacks around two hours apart. Cho, who had been accused of stalking two girls and declared mentally ill was allowed to purchase two pistols in the run up to the attack.
26 dead – Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 2012: Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children aged between six and seven in an attack that appalled the world. In the early hours of the morning Lanza shot his mother in the head before driving her car to the school and murdering 26 others.
23 dead – Luby’s Cafeteria, October 1991: George Hennard, drove his pickup truck through the front window of the restaurant, and immediately shot and killed 23 people, and wounded 27 others before fatally shooting himself.
21 dead – San Ysidro McDonald’s Restaurant, July 1984: Father of two, 41-year-old James Huberty, shot and killed 21 people and injured 19 others before being fatally shot by a team sniper at a San Francisco fast-food diner. He is reported to have told his wife before leaving the house that he was ‘going hunting humans’.
14 dead – San Bernardino, December 2015: Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, opened fire at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding more than 20. They fled the scene but died hours later in a shootout with police.
14 dead – Edmond post office, August 1986: Going on a mass rampage, postal worker Patrick Sherrill shot twenty co-workers, killing fourteen of them, before committing suicide himself.
13 dead – University of Texas Tower, August 1966: A model student and Eagle Scout who went on to become a Marine sharpshooter, Charles Whitman took to the observation deck atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas and shot 13 people.
13 dead – Columbine High School, April 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people in a meticulously planned attack that involved a firebomb used as a diversion and and stacks of explosives laid around their high school. The pair shot and killed 12 students and one teacher in an attack that reignited the US gun control policy.
13 dead – Fort Hood, Texas, November 2009: Thirteen soldiers and civilians were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a gunman walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened fire. The shooter Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was convicted on 13 counts of premeditated murder and sentenced to death.