Vegas Mass Shooter Identified as 64-Year-Old Male

October 2, 2017 Updated: October 2, 2017    

The Las Vegas shooter who killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 was identified as a 64-year-old white male, The Independent reported.

The shooter fired a machine gun from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel at a crowd attending a country music festival, killing more than 50 people and wounding at least 400 before he was killed by police.

 

Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.

The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since a gunman who pledged allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016.

“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”

Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, he said. He described her as Asian, 4 feet 11 inches tall, and 111 pounds. He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an “associate”.

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 15, 2004. Reuters/Ethan Miller/File Photo

Police were also searching for two cars that belonged to the suspect.

He said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false. Video taken of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.

Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs and shopping are a major draw for some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m local time. (0400 GMT).

Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 1, 2017. Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, said he was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.

“It was crazy – I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks, after people ran over him in the panicked crowd.

Police warned the death toll may rise.

“I don’t want to give you an accurate number because I don’t have it yet,” Lombardo said.

At least one police officer was hospitalized with critical injuries, Lombardo said.

Las Vegas Metro Police officers work near the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 1, 2017. Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

The shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt, and Jason Aldean.

U.S. media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling resort. CNN reported all the performers were safe.

Lombardo said the gunfire came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was killed.

Police have not yet disclosed information that would suggest a motive for the shooting.

Even so, the rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a coordinated attack by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.

A witness named Christine told CNN both she and her husband had separately taken shooting victims to two hospitals, the University Medical Center and the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

“The shots just kept coming,” she said. “Everyone was telling us ‘run, run as fast as you can’.”

The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.

Las Vegas Metro Police officers gather near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, early Oct. 2, 2017. Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

The Mandalay Bay hotel is near McCarran International Airport, which said on Twitter it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting. Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.

The United States has seen a series of deadly mass shootings in recent years. Prior to Orlando, the deadliest occurred in April 2007, when a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech university and in December 2012, a man killed 26 young children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Police officers stop a man who drove down Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave, which had been closed after a mass shooting at a country music festival that left at least 2 people dead nearby in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 2, 2017 . The man was released. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Some of the people attending the concert stayed behind to help the injured, Fox News reported.

“Everybody I saw breathing, I helped.” a concertgoer told Fox News.

The music stopped temporarily and restarted again, before another round of pops was heard, according to Kodiak Yazzi, 36. More than 40,000 people attended the concert. As the crowd began to flee, Yazzi took cover and saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay Casino tower.

The entire area is on lockdown by police. All clubs and casinos have been shut down.

A spokeswoman for the University Medical Center said that the hospital was taking in injured people.

A concertgoer named Zack told Fox News that he saw his sister get shot in the head.

“Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god,” country singer Jack Owen wrote on Twitter. “Love you guys. Love you Pearl.”

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer stands in the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 2, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers run down Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 2, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
An injured person is tended to in the intersection of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 2, 2017. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
A cowboy hat lays in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017 (David Becker/Getty Images)
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)
A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Reuters contributed to this report.

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