Shooter Opens Fire In Las Vegas Casino, More Than 50 People Dead

"People kept dropping and dropping."

In a massacre with eerie echoes of the Pulse nightclub attack, a shooter opened fire in a Las Vegas casino Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and injuring 200 more, including an off-duty police officer.

Some time after 10pm, a man opened fire with a “fully automatic” weapon from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. The suspect, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, sprayed bullets at attendees of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Paddock is being been reported as deceased.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” concertgoer Meghan Kearney told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit… When we started running out there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.” .

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“People kept dropping and dropping,” Kearney added. “People were getting shot one foot away from us… Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Police report they uncovered “numerous firearms” in Paddock’s room. They are are hoping to question his roommate, Marilou Danley, for information about what fueled the attack.

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On Twitter, Donald Trump offered “my warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting.”

We will continue to report on the incident as more information becomes available.

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