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Las Vegas Shooting Is Now The Deadliest In US History With More Than 50 Dead

Las Vegas Shooting Is Now The Deadliest In US History With More Than 50 Dead

Las Vegas police have said 'in excess of 50 are dead' and more than 200 injured following a mass shooting at a music festival, making it the deadliest shooting in US history.

The gunman fired on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from a hotel overlooking the event on Las Vegas Boulevard. Police have said they are 'not at this point' treating the incident as an act of terror.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo also confirmed the main suspect in the attack, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was shot dead on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, after a SWAT team used a controlled explosion to enter his hotel room.

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Mr Lombardo said a number of weapons were found in Paddock's hotel room, adding that officers had obtained a warrant and would soon begin searching his home. He described the shooting as a 'tragic incident and one that we have never experienced in this valley'.

Police are hunting for Paddock's roommate Marilou Danleya, 62, with a police handout said Ms Danley was being sought for questioning. The public were urged to call 911 if she is spotted.

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She is described as Asian, 4 foot 11 inches tall and 111 pounds (50 kg).

No details have yet been given of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack, however she was described as an 'associate'.

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Those confirmed among the dead include off-duty police officers, while two further officers are also being treated for injuries, with one in a critical condition and the other sustaining minor injuries.

The White House confirmed President Trump has being briefed about the shooting.

Responding to the incident on Twitter, he wrote: "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"

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Friends and family members who are concerned about the whereabouts and condition of concertgoers can call 1-866-535-5654.

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Topics: Shooting, Las Vegas

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.