By Christian Smith
A 64-year-old man, Stephen Paddock, has been named as the suspected gunman in the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m.
At least 50 people who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert were killed and more than 200 injured in the attack at the end of a performance by Jason Aldean. An off-duty #LVMPD (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) officer was among the dead.
The SWAT units discovered the assailant, a white male from Nevada, who fled the scene was found dead in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The police say they are not treating the incident as an act of terrorism. Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo while announcing the name of the perpetrator said: “We are looking at in excess of 50 individuals dead and over 200 individuals injured … Obviously this is a tragic incident and one that we have never experienced in this valley. My condolences go out to the loved ones.”
In a tweet, US President Donald Trump also offered condolences to the family. “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
Investigators have located Marilou Danley, a companion and roommate of Paddock. Searches are now being carried out at their house.